§ MR. DAVITT
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that another member of the Social Democratic Federation, Mr. Leonard Cotton, has been sent to prison for a month by Oxford magistrates in connection with the disturbances arising out of attempts to address public meetings in that city; whether the disturbances out of which these prosecutions have arisen have been caused by the opposition of University students to the inculcation of socialist theories at such meetings; and whether, in view of the common right of all citizens in England to freedom of speech at public meetings, he can see his way to protect the members of the Social Democratic Federation in the exercise of these rights?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT
I have no information about this case, but presume the conviction was, as in the former case, for obstruction of the highway. I will, however, make inquiry as to the facts.