HC Deb 15 November 1916 vol 87 cc781-2

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether his attention has been called to a circular entitled "Bases of a Lasting Peace," by O. Kamerlingh Onnes, Amsterdam, which has been circulated through the post to schoolmasters and others, which is a pro-German pamphlet, circulated apparently to oppose any idea of preferential tariffs against Germany; and will he say why this anti-British literature is allowed to come freely into this country when letters of a harmless nature are freely censored?


My hon. Friend's description of this pamphlet is not, I am informed, correct, as the pamphlet is more pro-Free Trade than pro-German. Although a few copies of this pamphlet were detained for examination when it was first observed to be coming into the country, it was not considered necessary to maintain the prohibition.