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Political Posters

Volume 65: debated on Thursday 30 July 1914

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I beg to ask the Home Secretary a question, of which I have given him private notice, namely: Whether the fact that a contract entered into by the London General Omnibus Company to display a poster appealing to the public to support law-abiding suffragists by joining the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies is not being executed is due to intervention on the part of the authorities of Scotland Yard; and, if so, will he state the reasons for this intervention, and what authority they possess for taking such action?

By an Order made under the Metropolitan Carriage Act, 1869, the display of advertisements in public carriages is subject to the approval of the Commissioner of Police. It has long been the practice of the Commissioner to forbid for public reasons the display of advertisements of a political character, and as the advertisement proposed to be issued by the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies came within this category, it did not receive the approval of the Commissioner. I may add that the Commissioner's notice has only recently been called to the fact that an advertisement issued by the Women's Social and Political Union is being displayed in omnibuses, and he is now taking action in the matter.