HC Deb 03 March 1908 vol 185 cc509-10
MR. REES (Montgomery Boroughs)

To ask the Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been called to the judgment of Mr. Kingsford, chief presidency magistrate of Calcutta, in respect of the trial for sedition of the printer and publisher of the Yugantar newspaper, for urging the Sikh soldiery to mutiny; whether Mr. Kingsford placed it on record that the history of the Yugantar in the last few months exhibited the impotence of the Government to deal under the existing law with that class of publication, which in the interests of good government and good order ought long ago to have been suppressed; and whether the Government has under consideration the advisability of taking greater powers in the direction indicated.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Morley.) I have seen a report of the judgment, including the expression of opinion quoted. The adequacy of the existing law has received, and will no doubt continue to receive, the consideration of Government.