HC Deb 23 February 1922 vol 150 cc2145-6W

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the letter, dated 20th January, sent to his Department by the National Asylum Workers' Union to the effect that the union had advised its members not to submit evidence before the Committee on Asylum Administration because representatives of the Medico-Psychological Association predominate on the Committee, and that the charges made in Dr. Lomax's book are, in the main, charges against the administrative methods and capacity of members of that association, he can give the grounds for his statement that the union had refused to submit evidence because it was refused representation on the Committee?


The first communication from the union was a verbal request through a member of its Executive Council for representation on the Committee. It was only when I was unable to accede to this request that the union refused to give evidence and sought to justify the refusal on the grounds indicated in the question.