HC Deb 12 March 1918 vol 104 cc154-5

had given notice of the following question:

8. To ask the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he has any statement to make with regard to the question of placing the maisons tolerées in France out of bounds for British soldiers?


Before the hon. Member answers the question, may I ask him whether his attention has been called to the fact that a statement is already being circulated broadcast in this country purporting to report a speech of the hon. Member on this important subject, and whether that report fairly or accurately represents his views?


With regard to the question just asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Northampton, my attention has been drawn to what I consider a garbled version of the speech which I made in this House. I need hardly say that neither myself nor my colleague are anxious to thrust temptation on our gallant soldiers at the front. With regard to the question on the Paper, I have nothing further to add at present.