§ Mr. A. SHORT
asked the Minister of Labour whether Messrs. Lyons have stated that their female employés at Cadby Hall have to renounce the membership of their trade union, the National Federation of Women Workers, or they will be dismissed; and whether he is prepared in the interests of industrial peace to prevent employers taking up such an attitude?
§ Sir R. HORNE
No information to this effect has yet reached me, but if the hon. Member desires the Ministry of Labour to consider the matter, perhaps he would be good enough to supply me with the information in his possession.
§ Mr. J. DAVISON
asked the Minister of Labour whether Messrs. Lyons, of Cadby Hall, have dismissed without notice one of their employés, Mrs. E. D. Whitehead, on the ground that she had attended a meeting of the local Court of Referees dealing with cases of unemployment donations, 1972W of which Court she is a member, being the workpeople's assessor; and what steps he intends to take to protect persons who are assisting the Ministry of Labour in this capacity from such action?
§ Sir R. HORNE
I have ascertained that Mrs. Whitehead resigned from the workpeople's panel of the Court of Referees on the 17th February last, and that she has not been summoned to any meetings of the Court of Referees since that date. If therefore, her dismissal is, as I gather, a comparatively recent incident, the last part of the question does not arise.