HC Deb 26 November 1917 vol 99 c1655W

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that within a period of about two years the police authorities of Glamorgan have in over forty distinct cases recommended either the Home Office, the Public Prosecutor, or the competent military authority to authorise prosecutions for seditious utterances or acts under the Defence of the Realm Act; whether he is aware that in every one of these cases sanction to prosecute has been withheld; and by whose authority such sanction has been withheld and the reasons for the same?


From a return which was brought to my notice last February it appeared that in Glamorganshire there had been twenty-seven successful prosecutions under No. 27 of the Defence of the Realm Regulations, as against fifteen in which leave to prosecute had been withheld. I have no detailed information as to later cases, but I will inquire.