§ 31. Mr. OUTHWAITE
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can state the proportionate contribution of each of the Allies to the total of the forces in the field?
§ Sir E. CARSON
Before this question is answered may I ask you, Mr. Speaker, whether this question is not calculated and intended to create friction between the Allies?
§ Mr. SPEAKER
That may well be, but I am not entrusted with those powers of censorship. What I have to see is that questions comply with the ordinary Parliamentary rules.
Is there no way in which we can prevent this hon. Member from asking questions which are obviously intended to embarrass this country and her Allies?
Have you not already ruled that if there was a desire expressed by hon. Members on this side of the House—
That if hon. Members on either side of the House expressed a desire not to hear an hon. Member, that would be in order?
§ Sir H. CRAIK
Is it not the case that from time immemorial Members of this House have been entitled to show their feelings?
§ Mr. SPEAKER
I have no objection whatever to their showing their feelings; the objection is to their interrupting the business of the House.
§ Mr. OUTHWAITE
May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether at a recent meeting in London the figures were disclosed of the British forces in the field and proportional estimates given of the Russian 28 forces? Can he say whether these figures were divulged by the War Office to Lord Northcliffe?