HC Deb 06 March 1912 vol 35 cc383-4

asked, with reference to the case of Frederick Crowsley, whether the Director of Public Prosecutions is proceeding against the Syndicalist newspaper, which first printed and distributed the incriminating and open letter to British soldiers, and against the British Labour Press, which reprinted it, as well as against Crowsley; and, if not, on what grounds subject for prosecution was chosen?


asked if the Director of Public Prosecutions has proceeded against the Syndicalist newspaper for first printing and distributing an article, "An Open Letter to British Soldiers," or against the National Labour Press, which subsequently reprinted it, as well as against Frederick Crowsley, who paid for the reprinting of the letter and distributing it; and, if not, why the authorities have discriminated between the publishers, the printers of the leaflet on the one hand, and the individual who is charged with the distribution of the leaflet?

The ATTORNEY-GENERAL (Sir Rufus Isaacs)

It is undesirable, in my opinion, in the public interest to say more than that the matter to which the hon. Members refer is at this moment the subject of investigation by the Director of Public Prosecutions.


Has the right hon. Gentleman considered the advisability of taking proceedings against those persons who are inciting the Ulster people to riot?


I must ask the hon. Member to reserve his comments for the Lobby.