§ MR. DARLING (Deptford)
had the following Question on the Paper:—To ask the Attorney General whether his attention has been called to attacks upon Mr. Justice Hawkins and others whose duty necessitated their taking part in the conviction and punishment of certain persons tried at the last Assizes at Stafford for being in possession of bombs and other explosives intended to be used for criminal purposes; if he has considered whether the attacks made in a newspaper called Commonweal constitute a criminal offence; and whether it is the intention of the Government to prosecute the publishers and printers of such attacks as incite to the murder of those who are engaged in the administration of justice, in view of the attempts by Anarchists to murder Judges in France? The hon. Member said:—I have a Question upon the 1252 Paper addressed to the right hon. Gentleman the Attorney General, but I do not see the Attorney General present. Perhaps I might ask either the First Lord of the Treasury or the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the attacks made by an Anarchist newspaper upon those who are called upon to administer justice in regard to the Anarchists in this country, and whether these attacks will be permitted to go unpunished, or whether the law of the land will be put in force against those who make them?
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
My hon. and learned Friend the Attorney General is not in his place, and I am sorry to say I cannot answer the question.