§ 45. Major NEWMAN
asked the Prime Minister whether Defence of the Realm Regulation No. 42, which makes it an offence to cause disaffection in the conduct of the War among the civil population, extends to all parts of the United Kingdom; and, if so, will those persons in Ireland who are endeavouring to defeat the purposes of the Military Service Acts be guilty of an offence against these Regulations?
§ The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Bonar Law)
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the second part, whether any person is not guilty of an offence against the Defence of the Realm Regulation depends upon the facts in each particular case.
§ Mr. PRINGLE
May I ask the right hon. Gentleman, can he say is it an offence to advise the audience at a public meeting to spit on the tribunals?
§ Mr. BONAR LAW
I do not think I should be asked to give a legal definition of an offence, but it seems so to me.
§ Mr. BUTCHER
May I ask my right hon. Friend whether an effort to destroy the effect of an Act of Parliament is a question which comes under the Defence of the Realm Act or the ordinary law?