Attempted Assassination in Paris.

Oral Answers to Questions — M. Clemenceau. – in the House of Commons on 19th February 1919.

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Photo of Colonel Josiah Wedgwood Colonel Josiah Wedgwood , Newcastle-under-Lyme

asked the Leader of the House whether there is any truth in the rumour that an attempt has been made to assassinate M. Clemenceau?

Photo of Mr Bonar Law Mr Bonar Law , Glasgow Central

I am sorry to say that there is truth in that report, but the only information I have received has come by telephone, and it is not possible for us to know to what extent our representatives there have ascertained the exact facts. But I think the House will be relieved to learn what we know on the subject. M. Clemenceau was attacked by two men. I understand that six shots were fired, of which one took effect in the shoulder. His action afterwards, to anyone who knows him, would appear to be a characteristic example of the strength of will over the infirmities of the body. M. Clemenceau walked to his own house, and declined to go to bed until the doctor arrived and ordered him there. He then expressed the opinion that he will be up in a day or two.

Photo of Mr Horatio Bottomley Mr Horatio Bottomley , Hackney South

Does not my right hon. Friend think it might be fitting in the circumstances to move a Resolution of sympathy and indignation in regard to this outrage on our Ally?

Photo of Mr Bonar Law Mr Bonar Law , Glasgow Central

I will consider that. I would say right off that I think it ought to be done either by the Government or by the House. I am not quite sure, however, whether it is desirable to have a Resolution of the House.

Photo of Sir John Norton-Griffiths Sir John Norton-Griffiths , Wandsworth Central

In place of a Resolution, would it not be possible, in any case, for the right hon. Gentleman to convey an expression of the wishes of the House?

Photo of Mr Bonar Law Mr Bonar Law , Glasgow Central

That is a good suggestion. In any case, I am sure the Government will have the full approval of the House of Commons in associating it with any expression of sympathy which we think it desirable to forward.

Photo of Mr John Randles Mr John Randles , Manchester Exchange

Would it not be appropriate that Mr. Speaker himself should make a communication respecting the wishes of the House of Commons on behalf of the House of Commons? I am sure it is the wish of the House specifically to associate itself with a Resolution of this kind.

Photo of Mr Bonar Law Mr Bonar Law , Glasgow Central

Might I be allowed to consider that with Mr. Speaker? I think it is against all precedent.

Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty

Quite apart from any formal representation that may be made, might I suggest that the House might, on your intimation, Mr. Speaker, very fittingly rise and mark its sympathy and admiration for this great Ally?