HC Deb 29 October 1918 vol 110 cc1277-8
33. Mr. KING

asked the Home Secretary whether he will state the object and results of the raid made on 10th October when the police removed from the offices of the "Women's Dreadnought," in Fleet Street, a new duplicating machine costing £24 and unused paper value £6; whether any charge has been brought against the owners; and if not, whether this property will now be returned?


The police made a search at the office of the "Women's Dreadnought" on 10th October in consequence of information that circulars containing untrue statements were being issued from that office. The information proved to be correct, and the duplicating machine and some paper headed "Russian People's Information Bureau" were seized in accordance with No. 51 of the Defence of the Realm Regulations. The question of destroying the articles under the authority of the regulation has been referred to the Advisory Committee.


Were these searches and seizures made because it was feared that the paper would be used against the Government in the coming General Election?


No, Sir. That is a ridiculous suggestion.