§ Earl WINTERTON
asked the Home Secretary if he is able to state the approximate number of letters in pillar-boxes destroyed wholly or partially by Suffragist agitators since 1st October; and how many persons have been apprehended in connection therewith?
§ Mr. HERBERT SAMUEL
Some 5,000 letters have been damaged by injurious or76W inflammable substances, but not a single letter is known to have been destroyed. With respect to all of them, except thirteen letters and seven postcards the sender's address on which was rendered illegible, my officers have succeeded either in forwarding them to their destination or, if the addresses were undecipherable in returning them to the sender's address, if any was given. A small number of letters and postcards remain in the Returned Letter Office awaiting inquiry. One offender was convicted at Manchester on the 22nd November, but there have been no further apprehensions.