§ 12. Mr. Rhys Davies
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?
§ Mr. Bevin
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.
§ Mr. Davies
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?