HC Deb 04 March 1915 vol 70 c947

asked the Chief Secretary, whether his attention has been called to the distribution in certain parts of Ireland of a leaflet in which it is stated that Lord Kitchener is confident he can entrap, cajole, gull, and force 100,000 Irishmen to enlist in the demoralised, decadent, crime-stained, blood-sodden British Army, and which contains many treasonable expressions appealing to Irishmen not to enlist in His Majesty's Forces; and whether he proposes to take any and what steps to suppress the circulation of treasonable matter in Ireland?

Mr. T. W. RUSSELL (Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture, Ireland)

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. It would be against the public interest to set out the steps taken to prevent the dissemination of treasonable literature in Ireland, but the hon. Member may rest assured that the efforts, which have already led to a very great decrease in the circulation of offensive pamphlets and newspapers are not being relaxed.