HC Deb 17 May 1928 vol 217 c1181
4. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Home Secretary in how many cases (luring the present year he has caused objectionable books and novels on entering the country to be seized and destroyed; how many books and novels have been so dealt with; what proportion were destroyed on political grounds and what proportion on grounds of indecency; and if he is satisfied that his present powers are sufficient to enable him to deal with objectionable books entering the country and to carry out the terms of the International Convention to which His Majesty's Government is a party?


During the present year in four instances indecent books brought into the country have been dealt with, and the number of such books was nine. No books or novels have been dealt with on political grounds, but some periodicals of a seditious character have been detained. The answer to the last part of the question is in the affirmative.


Does the right hon. Gentleman read these books?