HC Deb 29 October 1906 vol 163 c714

asked the Attorney-General a Question of which he had given private notice — namely, whether his attention had been called to the action of a house agent and King's tax collector at Old Ford and Bow, who had given his tenant notice to quit for exhibiting a board in his front garden advocating the claims of a Labour candidate at an approaching borough council election, and what action it was proposed to take to prevent this form of intimidation being continued.


The conduct the hon. Member complains of, however regrettable it may be, does not, I fear, constitute any breach of the statutes relating to corruption. A throat in connection with the giving of a vote might infringe the Corrupt Practices Act; but I am not aware of any provision by which it becomes a breach of the law for a landlord to threaten a tenant with eviction for exhibiting a political placard. The hon. Member only gave notice of his Question a short time ago. I will consider the matter further. If a breach of the law has been committed, I will see that the necessary steps are taken.


said that as the election would take place on Thursday he would repeat the Question to-morrow.