§ 1. Mr. GINNELL
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any American journalists here not in complicity with the British Government have been convicted of transmitting false information to America; if so, what action has been taken with regard to them either here or in America; if not, can he state any reason but their refusal to become accomplices in falsehood for denying 1269 them liberty to transmit the truth to a neutral country; and to what restraint and surveillance are those American citizens resident in this country now subject?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Lord Robert Cecil)
The answer to all the suggestions in this question is in the negative.
§ 2. Mr. GINNELL
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will now explain his statement that no objection had been raised to American citizens of repute visiting Ireland for a philanthropic purpose, when at that time Messrs. Kelly and M'Clure, eminent American citizens on their way to Ireland on such a mission, were prevented from going there; will he state the nature of any correspondence to which that incident led; and what beneficial result is attributed to that treatment of citizens of a neutral State?
§ Lord R. CECIL
The assumptions of fact contained in the first part of the question are untrue, and the remainder of the question does not therefore arise.
§ Mr. GINNELL
Did not the Noble Lord deny, last summer, that American citizens had been prevented, at the very time they were detained in Liverpool? Then that is only an official denial.