Factory Meetings (Speakers).

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 22nd January 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

asked the Minister of Labour whether he has considered the resolution of the Radio Engineers, No. 3 Branch, of the Electrical Trades Union, sent to him by the hon. Member for West Fife, regarding his ban on popular speakers addressing the meetings in factories under his control; and whether, in view of the value of such meetings, he is prepared to withdraw the order?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

It is the definite policy of the Government that no political meetings of any kind shall be held in factories or other establishments directly under Government control. The House will, I think, appreciate the necessity for having such a rule and for applying it strictly in all cases.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

What is it of which the Minister or the Government are afraid? Are they afraid that the workers are becoming too intelligent?