§ Sir L. SCOTT
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.