§ MR. ATKINSON
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether he will give facilities to enable a Bill to be passed to cause the writers of all editorial articles in newspapers to sign what they write and publish their names with the articles, so that the public may know in each case how much or how little attention is due to each article?
§ *MR. W. H. SMITH
Apart from the fact that it is really impossible for me to ask the House to give precedence to the measures of private Members, the suggestion of my hon. Friend is opposed to the practice of English journalism, and is in restriction of the complete freedom it has hitherto enjoyed. The Government would be unwilling to restrict the liberty which, with rare exceptions, is very far from being abused.