HC Deb 28 February 1918 vol 103 c1575W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been drawn to a statement made by a speaker of the National party that she spent some months in France last summer and addressed a gathering of British troops; and whether any permission is given by his Department for speakers of any political party to visit the front and address the troops there on party questions?


Every intending visitor to the British front is required to sign an undertaking not to deliver an address to troops on any subject without first obtaining the consent of the senior officer present, and in no circumstances to deliver a political or electioneering speech to troops. I have no knowledge of the incident to which my hon. Friend refers beyond what is stated in the Press cutting which he has sent me.