Mr Tracey Sir Walter agrees to issue tomorrow. Will you please read over to Holmes. You can also read it to Silson if you like but policy can't be whittled down. FM.
Draft Press Statement
The General Council of the Trades Union Congress at their meeting on Wednesday received a report of their representatives on the National Savings Committee with respect to the action taken during the election campaign to suspend publication of a leaflet entitled "Your Savings Are Safe", in which declarations by the Prime Minister and others assuring savers that their savings would not be tampered with, were quoted. The General Council considered that the decision to suspend publication of the leaflet, taken apparently on instructions from the Treasury, in consequence of the statement made by Mr Churchill in his first General Election broadcast, alleging that war savings would not be safe if the Labour Party won the election, was a serious reflection upon the authorities concerned, and merited severe condemnation. The National Savings Movement, the General Council pointed out is non-political, and the Trade Union Movement has given full co-operation in its activities. Trade unionists have taken a keen interest in the creation of war savings Committees in factories and workshops, and have been amongst the most enthusiastic workers in the War Savings Movement. The General Council resented very deeply action which made National Savings the catspaw of political propaganda. The Council expressed the decided view that if a Government Department is permitted to intervene in political matters in this way, with the object of prejudicing the election campaign [from the Labour standpoint,] the Trade Union Movement will have to reconsider its attitude to and association with an organisation which, although ostensibly non-political, is exploited for partisan purposes in this way.