THE LATE STRIKE.
AN^NCiDENf AT LYTTELTON
:-■ '' ' ■ / ] QUESTION IN THE COMMONS
MR CHURCHILL'S REPLY
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(Received February 26, 9.10 a.m.)
LONDON, February ;25. Mr Arthur Henderson, M.P., asked whether s ■ during the strike at Christchurch, the men of the Psyche and Pyramus were paraded with fixed bayonets, and . guns trained ... on: _ the wharves and searchlights used to aid 'Hie strike-breakers.
Mr Churchill replied that the Psyche and Pyramus i.were present at one period of the dispute. He did not hav.e the information ■, but -/the measures were adopted only at the express request of the responsible Government bf the Dominion. Jhe -Admiralty's position was explained ,in a telegram sent to the senior oflScer m New Zealand on October 28: "The Admiralty's, policy is to avoid all interference in Labour; disputes, especially in the Dominions. Endeavour .to avoid being in a position where you! are likely to be called.upon, and don't go unless per-r sonally satisfied that your presence is necessary to avoid bloodshed. The Admiralty finds great difficulty in be-: lieving that such conditions exist.''-.. _
Mr Joyiisbn-Hicks asked if the commander should sail away if he thought he would bewailed upon to assist.
Mr Churchill stated that it had been the Admiralty's policy to disentangle the Navy as far as possible from civil disputes. - ■ • . Mr Joynson-Hicks,: "If the colony requested a battleship, and the officer thought that possibly he would bo asked to assist, should he sailp"
Mr Churchill: " These matters call for tact and discretion."
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THE LATE STRIKE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8803, 26 February 1914
THE LATE STRIKE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8803, 26 February 1914
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