HC Deb 03 November 1908 vol 195 cc947-8
MR. JOWETT (Bradford, W.)

To ask the Secretary of State for War what was the nature and terms of the communication which led the authorities, on the occasion of the recent visit of the Postmaster-General to Bradford, to hold in readiness to start for Bradford fifty men of the 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers, with horses, and 100 men of the York and Lancaster Regiment, stationed at York, each served with twenty rounds of bail ammunition, and also the men of the Royal Field Artillery stationed at Bradford Moor Barracks.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) The Mayor of Bradford expressed himself as apprehensive of a disturbance in the city and, though he trusted that no disturbance would take place other than what the police would be able to cope with, he thought that, as a precautionary measure, it would be desirable that as many men as could conveniently be spared should be held in readiness to assist the civil power in the maintenance of order.