HC Deb 15 March 1922 vol 151 cc2209-10W
Mr. ALFRED DAVIES (Clitheroe)

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether a member of the Amalgamated Marine Workers' Union, named Davies, of 11, St. Michael Street, Newport, was engaged as fireman for the as. "Frank Parish" on 2nd March; whether an official of the National Sailors' and Firemen's Union objected to this man signing articles; whether the Board of Trade's officer at Newport made any pro- test against this intimidation; and by what powers officials of the latter union have the right, on Board of Trade premises, to object to other union members being signed on?


I have no information about the case mentioned in the question, but I am making inquiries, and will inform the hon. Member of the result.


asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has received reports from any of his officers in the Marine Department that police are being used to prevent members of the Amalgamated Marine Workers' Union from proceeding on board ships to sign on; under what powers the police examine trade union cards of men proceeding to sign articles; whether he has made any representation to the authorities controlling the police in regard to these practices; and whether, to facilitate the non-abuse of the powers possessed by the police, he will instruct his officers to cease the practice of signing articles on board ship?


No reports of the kind referred to in the question have been received. If the hon. Member will be so good as to give me particulars of the incidents to which he refers, I will have inquiries made.