§ 50. Sir A. GRIFFITH-BOSCAWEN
asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the intimidation which has been used in many places in Wales to prevent persons signing petitions against the Welsh Disestablishment Bill, in consequence of which the number of signatures is undoubtedly less than it would otherwise have been; whether he is aware that in some places leaflets were issued warning 2914 people that the names of the signatories would be obtained from London and published in the locality; and whether the Government will take steps to put a stop to such attempts to prevent people exercising their constitutional right of petitioning Parliament?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. McKenna)
The Prime Minister has asked me to reply to this question. I have no information of any of the methods suggested by the hon. Member being employed. I gather from the hon. Member's question that there is considerable divergence of opinion as to the means used on both sides in connection with this petition.
§ Sir A. GRIFFITH-BOSCAWEN
May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether, if I give him, as I can give him, proof of the methods I complain of in the question, which referred only to one side, he will investigate the matter and take steps to enable people in future to exercise their constitutional right without molestation?