HC Deb 23 July 1912 vol 41 c1004W

asked the Home Secretary if his attention has been called to the case of Mr. James Henson, district secretary, Sailors' and Firemen's Union, who was fined 20s. and costs by the Cardiff stipendiary for addressing a meeting from the balcony of the offices of the Sailors' and Firemen's Union at Cardiff; whether he is aware that for twenty-four years the right of free speech has been recognised in Bute Place, and that during the last year hundreds of meetings were held whilst disputes were on, and that the police did not interfere; whether it is the intention of the authorities to prevent all public meetings being held in the streets of Cardiff; and, if not, why sailors and firemen were prevented and their leaders prosecuted for holding a public meeting?


My right hon. Friend has no information as to this matter, but is making inquiry, and will let my hon. Friend know the result as soon as he is in a position to do so.