HC Deb 29 July 1912 vol 41 cc1654-5W

asked the Home Secretary if he is aware that on Wednesday the 24th instant, at 1.30 p.m., a number of persons were attacked, assaulted, knocked down, and kicked by the police at Tower Hill at the back of the premises of the Mazawattee Tea Company; and, as the persons were peaceful spectators, will he take steps to inquire further into the statement contained in this question if furnished with the numbers of some of the policemen who committed Some of the offences and the names and addresses of witnesses?


I understand that the place in question is within the jurisdiction of the City Police, of whom I am making inquiry.


asked the Home Secretary if he is aware that detectives are joining the trade unionists engaged in the transport workers' dispute, appearing as members of the union, wearing the union button, and taking part in the work of organisation; and by whose authority these officers have been instructed to undertake this kind of espionage?


I am informed by the Commissioner of Police that so far as he is aware there is no foundation for the allegation that officers of the Metropolitan Police have appeared as members of trade unions, wearing union buttons, and taking part in the work of organisation, during the progress of the strike. No such procedure would have received the Commissioner's sanction.


asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the clause of the agreement of the 19th August, 1911, dealing with the taking on of men outside the dock premises in the Port of London, is admitted by the representatives of both sides in the strike to be the only outstanding point of difference; and, if so, whether negotiations are being resumed upon this point?


From such information as is in my possession, it would appear that the dispute largely centres upon the point to which my hon. Friend refers.