HC Deb 20 December 1916 vol 88 c1454
62. Mr. KING

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that on the evening of Sunday, the 26th November, a raid was made by police accompanied by soldiers against a working men's club in Soho, and that on this night about 200 soldiers paraded out side the club, and that many soldiers and civilians entered with other persons, drank the whisky and other liquors on the premises and, finding over 100 members of the club at the time, searched these members and took from then not only papers and official documents, but watches, rings, and other valuables, damaged the billiard table fittings and other furniture, and, when remonstrated with, replied that it was war time; and if he will say under whose authority was this action taken, who was in charge or command of the raiding party, and what reason or justification can be given for these proceedings?


The action was, I understand, taken under the authority of the competent military authority for the London district, and I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the question which the hon. Member for Blackburn has addressed to the Secretary of State for War on the subject.


Are any steps being taken for dealing with those who are responsible for the stealing of the property?