HC Deb 22 July 1909 vol 8 cc611-2
Mr. P. SNOWDEN (for Mr. Keir Hardie)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has received a memorial from the Men's League for Women's Suffrage and other organisations, praying that Miss Hicks, Miss Law, Miss Cumin, and Miss Clunes, now undergoing imprisonment in Holloway for obstructing the police in Downing-street during an attempt to interview the Prime Minister on the question of the enfranchisement to women, should be transferred to the first division, as is usual in the case of political offenders; and whether he has taken any action thereon?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative, to the second part in the negative. I may add, however, that a question of wider scope, dealing with the second point, stands on the Paper for Tuesday next, to which I propose to give a full answer.

Mr. J. D. REES

May I ask whether the law of England recognises any such creature as a political offender?


No, Sir. There is no such general recognition.