HC Deb 20 October 1908 vol 194 c946
MR. STAVELEY-HILL (Staffordshire, Kingswinford)

I beg to ask the Postmaster-General whether his attention has been called to a meeting of the Civil Service Socialist Society to be held on 20th October, to be presided over by Mr. S. F. Green, the prospective Socialist Parliamentary candidate for South Bristol, and to be addressed by Mr. H. M. Hyndman on the coming social revolution; whether the action of this political society has his approval; and whether he will allow the formation of other societies among Post Office servants having for their object the advancement of anti-Socialist principles.


The hon. Member's Question has called my attention to the meeting to which he refers. Were the society an organisation within the Post Office, I should consider that its action in apparently inviting the public to attend the meeting constituted a breach of the Regulations. As, however, I understand the society is open to the whole Civil Service, and draws its Members from various Departments, I am communicating with the Treasury on the subject. As regards the last part of the Question there already exists among Post Office servants a society having among its specific objects the advancement of anti-Socialistic principles, and I have more than once stated I have no objection to the formation of other societies within the Post Office provided they observe the conditions laid down as regards the character of their activities.