Clyde Shipyard Directors (Prosecution).

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons on 28th July 1942.

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Mr. McNeil:

asked the Lord Advocate whether he can now make a statement on the complaints by Clyde shipyard workers against some of the directors of the yard who, the workmen allege, used wood, steel, special metals and skilled workmen to construct domestic shelters,. garden gates', and lengths of rail for a miniature railway?

Mr. Johnston:

My right hon. and learned Friend has asked me to reply on his behalf. Proceedings have been taken against two directors and a foreman in respect of alleged improper use of certain materials. While these proceedings are pending the Lord Advocate is unable to make any further statement.

Mr. McNeil:

Can my right hon. Friend say the stage at which the proceedings have reached? Have the men been charged? I do not think that that is in any way infringing upon the usual procedure.

Mr. Johnston:

Not only were they charged but they appeared before the sheriff on 15th July, and the trial will be in September.

Mr. McNeil:

Can my right hon. Friend say whether they appeared in public court, and, if they did not, why not?

Mr. Johnston:

I cannot answer that Question without notice.

Photo of Mr Adam M'Kinlay Mr Adam M'Kinlay , Dunbartonshire

Why, when a workman takes a piece of spare wood is he prosecuted and his name broadcast, and yet the names of these people are suppressed and the public do not know who they are?

Mr. Johnston:

All I can answer is that the Question did not appear on the Order Paper, and I am replying for my right hon. and learned Friend the Lord Advocate.

Mr. McNeil:

Surely, it is not unreasonable to ask my right hon. Friend what stage the proceedings have reached and for him in his answer to tell us what proceedings have taken place?

Mr. Johnston:

I have already answered that question and said that the men appeared before the sheriff on 15th July, and that the trial will be in September.