HC Deb 14 September 1914 vol 66 c760
16. Mr. HUNT

asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the fact that telegraph wires have been cut and bombs and firearms and carrier pigeons found in possession of alien enemies, he can see his way to pass a short law ordaining that all persons found either attempting to obtain or to communicate information useful to the enemy, or to commit any act of injury or destruction, should be handed over to the military authorities to be dealt with according to military law?


Under the Defence of the Realm Regulations, the police and military authorities already have full powers to deal with acts of the kind referred to if any should occur. Since the War began there has been no single case of a telegraph wire being maliciously cut, nor has any bomb been found in the possession of any alien.