Orders of the Day — Newspaper Competitions.

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 6th July 1933.

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Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

Perhaps it is right that at the outset I should make it clear to the House that the Home Office is in no sense the prosecuting authority in a case of this kind. The hon. Member for Attercliffe (Mr. Pike) feels that there has been some unfairness on the part of some authority. All I can say to him is that, as far as I have been able to ascertain the facts since he raised the matter, it is clear that the duty of prosecuting in regard to these problems rests with the police and the authority for them to act is given by the magistrates, subject to the information which is supplied to them. The responsibility for that is not mine and it is not that of the Home Office. It is that of the magistrates. The assertion is made that there is discrimination against this group of newspapers in Sheffield. I think the hon. Member for Sunderland (Mr. Storey) has made it clear that similar proceedings have taken place in Manchester.