§ MR. COBB (Warwick, S.E., Rugby)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether his attention has been called to an announcement which has been extensively circulated by means of bills throughout the country, and of which the following is a copy:—Newchurch District Working Hen's Conservative Association, Rossendale. Grand distribution of prizes. 3rd March, 1888. First prize, a cottage, value £130; 2nd prize, piano, value £30; 3rd prize, gold watch, value £12; 4th prize, bicycle, value £10; 5th prize, wardrobe, value £5; 6th prize, hair seated sofa, value;£3; 7th prize, brass-mounted bedstead, value £2; 8th prize, china tea service, value £1 5s.; 9th prize, handsome writing-desk, value £1; 10th prize, ornamental fender, value 15s.; and a large number of smaller prizes, value £15, A special prize of a gold Albert chain, 30 value £3 3s., will be given to the person selling the largest number of tickets. Tickets, 6d. each, sold here;and, whether this distribution of prizes is legal; and, if not, whether he will take steps to prevent it?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. MATTHEWS) (Birmingham, E.)
Yes, Sir; I have seen a copy of the bill. I have called the attention of the Director of Public Prosecutions to the case.