HC Deb 01 August 1918 vol 109 c657W

asked the Solicitor-General for Scotland whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that on 17th July, at Edinburgh, a meeting called to protest against repeated sentences being inflicted on conscientious objectors for the same offence, was broken up by an organised band of hooligans, who assaulted and robbed members of the audience; whether he is aware that Mr. G. J. Kibble, secretary of the National Union of Dock Labourers, of Leith, has published a statement that prior to the meeting he was approached by a well-known individual for the purpose of securing 100 dock labourers to break it up; whether any steps have been taken to prosecute this man?


The circumstances connected with the meeting referred to by the hon. Member are at present the subject of inquiry. The information now before me does not, however, bear out the hon. Member's allegations as to what took place.