HL Deb 06 November 1917 vol 26 c899

LORD MONTAGU OF BEAULIEU had the following Notice on the Paper—

To call attention to the recent air raids on London and other towns, and to ask His Majesty's Government whether they can, without conveying information to the enemy, make any statement as to the steps they propose to take to defeat the enemy's aircraft and defend the capital.

The noble Lord said: My Lords, I desire to withdraw the Notice standing in my name. I do this at the request of the Government, who think that a reference at the present moment to this subject would be inopportune. Personally I am sorry that the debate cannot take place, as there is no doubt great public feeling on this question. I am sure that nothing would have been said in your Lordships' House which would have given any information to the enemy or been anything but helpful; but in the circumstances I withdraw the Motion.