HC Deb 19 April 1907 vol 172 c1263

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the recent discoveries of hidden cartridges have already, this month, amounted to 184,000, as follows: In Newcastle on 9th April, 31,000, Newcastle on 10th April, 100,000, Sunderland on 3rd April, 35,000, Glasgow on 12th April, 15,000, and Edinburgh on 12th April 3,000; and, if so, whether he can throw any further light on the matter.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Gladstone.) The number of cartridges seized at Newcastle on the 10th instant was 85,000; otherwise I believe the figures given by the hon. Member are substantially correct. I received reports from the Chief Constables of Newcastle and Sutherland, stating that in both places the matter was under investigation in the police , courts. Since then I have learnt that the defendant at Sunderland has been convicted and fined £20 for unlawful storage of explosives, and that the magistrates have directed the forfeiture of the explosives. The question of prosecutions at Glasgow and Edinburgh is, I am informed, receiving the attention of the Lord Advocate.