Proceedings Against Workers.

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 29th January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

asked the Minister of Labour whether he personally sanctions the institution of legal proceedings, in any instance, against workpeople who violate any law or regulation administered by his Department; and, if not, will he explain the procedure adopted in these cases?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

In accordance with ordinary Departmental procedure, sanction for the institution of legal proceedings must be and is devolved upon responsible officials for whose actions I, as Minister, am accountable. Any particular case or class of case is brought to my personal notice if its nature or circumstances make this desirable. The actual institution of proceedings is subject in all cases to legal advice as to the sufficiency of the evidence available.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

Would the Minister personally institute proceedings in the case of a constituent of mine, an ex-miner, who is now in gaol for two months because he refused to go back to the pit?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I must have notice of that Question.