§ 33. Mr. SMITHERS
asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the distribution of Communist literature at Aldershot on 13th April; whether any arrests have been made; and, if so, with what results?
72. Sir F. HALL
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any action is being taken to prosecute those responsible for the publication and printing of the revolutionary leaflets which were distributed to soldiers at Aldershot on 12th April by Communists?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Clynes)
As the leaflet in question was intended for distribution to soldiers, I have been in communication with my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for War, who advises that the terms of the leaflet are not such as to justify the Military Authorities in suggesting proceedings on a charge of sedition.
§ Mr. CLYNES
Not because of what the leaflets contained. They were prosecuted for disorderly misbehaviour.
Sir F. HALL
If those who distributed the leaflets were prosecuted, surely those who were supposed to have the brains to bring out these publications ought to be dealt with?