HC Deb 26 May 1924 vol 174 c47W

asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the fact that the Post Office is being used for distributing, in open envelopes with a halfpenny stamp, circulars in the name of Lieut.-Colonel Sir Brodrick Hartwell, Baronet, asking for public participation in adventures for the smuggling of wines and spirits into the United States; and whether, in view of the strong feeling in the matter in the United States, His Majesty's Government have considered the possibility of any, and what, action?


The Postmaster-General's attention was recently called to the circulars in question. No infringement of the law or of any Post Office Regulation is involved; and the Postmaster-General is advised that he has no power to detain the circulars, however reprehensible their purpose may be. As regards the second part of the question. I must refer the hon. and learned Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Bodmin (Mr. Foot) by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs on the 12th of March, as I regret I can add nothing to it.

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