§ Major HAYWARD
asked the Postmaster General, with reference to the destruction by officials of his Department, possessing no art qualifications, of etchings by Felicien Rops, a serious artist of worldwide repute, whose etchings according to the Postmaster-General possess considerable technical merit and command high prices, why he did not exercise the power conferred upon him by Section 6 (ii.) of the Foreign and Colonial Post Warrant, 1907, and return or give the etchings up to the sender rather than destroy the whole packet, including those which the Postmaster General himself admits were not of an obscene character?
§ Mr. ILLINGWORTH
As I have already informed the hon. Member, in reply to a question which he addressed to me on the 24th ultimo, the destruction of the whole packet was in pursuance of a deliberate policy, the object of which is to suppress the traffic by post in indecent and obscene wares.