Devonport Dockyard (Suspensions)

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th November 1950.

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Photo of Mrs Lucy Middleton Mrs Lucy Middleton , Plymouth, Sutton 12:00 am, 8th November 1950

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many men have been suspended in Devonport Dockyard because of Communist activities or associations; and over what periods such suspensions have been in operation.

Photo of Mr Walter Edwards Mr Walter Edwards , Stepney

Two men have been suspended in Devonport Dockyard because of alleged Communist activities or associations. The first has been sus- pended since 15th September and the second since 27th October.

Photo of Mrs Lucy Middleton Mrs Lucy Middleton , Plymouth, Sutton

Is my hon. Friend aware that quite alarmist reports have been circulating in the area regarding this matter, and that the reassuring reply he has given me will be received with great satisfaction throughout the area, and particularly in the dockyard?

Photo of Sir Alec Douglas-Home Sir Alec Douglas-Home , Lanark

Can the suspension of a Communist each month be described as "reassuring"?

Photo of Mr Ernest Fernyhough Mr Ernest Fernyhough , Jarrow

Are these men still receiving their wages?

Photo of Mr Walter Edwards Mr Walter Edwards , Stepney

At the moment they are, whilst we are considering whether we can find other employment for them or whether we have to discharge them.