HC Deb 30 January 1918 vol 101 c1562

I ask your consent, Mr. Speaker, to make a personal statement in reference to a speech made last night at the. Aldwych Club by a high official of the War Office, in which he dealt with a speech made by me on 17th January last, in which it appears to me that some sort of reflection is cast upon me—


I told the hon. Member that if his personal explanation was to be of a controversial character he could not take this opportunity to make it. Personal explanations are not permitted of a controversial character which carry on a dispute, or are likely to lead to a dispute, because obviously that would lead to debate, and that is not permissible at this point. I would suggest to the hon. Member that a suitable time for him to make a statement would be upon the Motion for the Adjournment, when he will have an opportunity of making any explanation ha desires.


I beg to give notice that I will raise this question on the Adjournment to-night.