HC Deb 19 November 1917 vol 99 cc849-50
37 and 38. Mr. OUTHWAITE

asked the Home Secretary (1) whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that, at a meeting at the Mansion House of the "Comrades of the War League," Lord Beresford was disturbed when speaking by the disorderly conduct of discharged soldiers; in view of the tact that Lord Beresford declared that this disturbance had been provoked by Bolo and that the Lord Mayor announced that German money had even reached the Mansion House, will he cause inquiries to be made; (2) whether his attention has been called to the fact that Lord Beresford and the Lord Mayor of the City of London have publicly attributed the recent disturbance created by discharged soldiers at a meeting at the Mansion House of the Comrades of the War League to the machinations of Bolo; and, in view of the fact that there is reason to believe that an organisation exists to break up meetings for the advocacy of peace, will he cause inquiries to be made in view of the possibility that Bolo has also been active in this direction?


I learn from the newspapers that this meeting was for a short time disturbed by persons whom the speakers took for pacifists, and that the expressions referred to in the questions were founded on that impression; but it has since been explained that the interrupters were in fact members of another organisation, and the Lord Mayor has expressed his regret for the misunderstanding. As to the last part of the second question, I have no reason to believe that any agent of the enemy would desire to break up pacifist meetings in this country.