HC Deb 31 October 1918 vol 110 cc1588-9
31. Major HUNT

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that Sir Lionel Phillips, the head of the Wernher, Beit, Eckstein group of companies, invested £800,000 in Prussian bonds just before the War; and whether, in view of this fact, Sir Lionel Phillips will be again allowed to speak in Trafalgar Square in aid of the War Bonds campaign, as he did on 14th October?


I have no information as to the allegation in the first part of the question. As to the second part, I understand that Sir Lionel Phillips, as a prominent representative of one of our Dominions, was invited to speak on Overseas Day in Trafalgar Square. I see no reason for intervening in the matter.

Major HUNT

Were not the majority of his co-directors Germans before the sinking of the "Lusitania," and is that the sort of man who is to be allowed to speak in Trafalgar Square? It is an insult to the people?


I do not know whether the first statement of the hon. and gallant Member is true or not.