Oral Answers to Questions — Prosecution, Liverpool

– in the House of Commons on 25th November 1942.

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

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he can make a statement in connection with the charges of theft and conspiracy involving £500,000 against Charles R. Clare, a company director and a Liverpool city councillor, John H. Mills, senior naval inspector officer and Miss Maud Tester; and whether he has seen the statement made by the Government prosecuting counsel at the Liverpool Assizes on Monday, 2nd October?

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby

I have seen a report of the statement by prosecuting counsel to which my hon. Friend refers. The matter is receiving the close attention of my Noble Friend, but I am not at present in a position to make a statement.

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

As one of these men was a city councillor of Liverpool, can my hon. Friend say whether the city of Liverpool will call upon him to resign his seat?

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby

I have no information on that point, and as this is to be the subject of appeal, I do not think I ought to say any more now.