Disturbance, Bermondsey.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education. – in the House of Commons on 17th May 1922.

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Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that on the evening of Thursday, 11th May, whilst a number of workmen were peaceably discussing the circumstances of the present lock-out in the engineering industry in the vicinity of Raymouth Road, Bermondsey, Police-constable No. 529 M approached the men and used provocative and insulting language; and if he will make inquiry into the matter.

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

I have made inquiry, and cannot find that the constable exceeded his duty in any way. He called upon a number of men, apparently strikers, who were following workmen, to disperse, but he denies using any provocative or insulting language, and no complaint was made at the time.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this constable is possessed of a violent temper and a bitter tongue?

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

That is a statement which ought not to be made in a supplementary question.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

What other remedy have we got?