HC Deb 14 December 1916 vol 88 c903W

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that it was falsely reported in the London Commercial sale-room on 13th November that the "City of Cairo" was sunk; and, seeing that this report was calculated to increase the price of the kind of goods she carried, whether he proposes to take action in respect of false reports of this nature under the Defence of the Realm Act?


The first message received about this vessel was to the effect that she had been in collision and was settling down. It was no doubt this message that was responsible for the report that the vessel was sunk I do not think the case is one in which proceedings should be instituted.