§ MR. E. J. C. MORTON (Devonport)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether it is the case that a discharge of workmen under the War Office at the Gun Wharf at Devonport is in contemplation; whether he is aware that a Trades Union among these workmen has been recently formed, and the workmen attribute the discharges alleged to be in contemplation to the establishment of the Union; and whether he will undertake that no man shall suffer or be discharged on the ground that he is a member of the Union?
§ THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO THE WAR OFFICE (Mr. WOODALL,) Hanley
The only discharges contemplated at Devonport are those of a few men who were taken on temporarily on account of extra work during the camping season. Workmen are entirely mistaken in supposing that they are in any way prejudiced by being members of Trade Unions; and they may rest assured that they will not suffer in any way on that account.