§ MAJOR ANSTRUTHER-GRAY
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.