§ MR. H. CAMPBELL (Fermanagh, S.)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether his attention has been called to a paragraph in The Times, stating that the Member for West Birmingham has made arrangements with the Chief of the Birmingham Police to be accompanied by a police inspector during a lengthened tour on the Continent; whether a local police rate can be so employed; and, whether he has any reason to believe that the Member for West Birmingham is in any danger of attack whilst visiting the Continent; and, if so, from where?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. MATTHEWS) (Birmingham, E.)
My attention was first called to the paragraph in The Times by the Question of the hon. Gentleman. The Birmingham police are in no way under my control; but I have made inquiries, and by the courtesy of the Chief Constable I have learnt that the statements of fact in the Question are not correct. As to the latter part of the Question, I decline, on public grounds, to give any answer.