HC Deb 10 August 1916 vol 85 cc1248-9W

asked the Secretary of State for War if the competent military authority in London has raided the office of the No-Conscription Fellowship and seized copies of a pamphlet giving the official report of the trial of Rex v. Russell; if so, on what grounds this seizure has been made; and if, pending a legal decision on the matter, an undertaking will be given that the pamphlets will not be destroyed?


The hon. Member misdescribes, if he will permit me to say so, the pamphlet to which he refers. The pamphlet in addition to giving the official report of the trial, Rex v. Russell, contains a reprint of the mischievous pamphlet, the publication of which led to Mr. Russell's conviction and punishment. Under these circumstances I cannot interfere, nor give any undertaking that the copies of the pamphlets seized will not be destroyed.