§ MR. BAILLIE COCHRANE
I wish, Sir, to ask the right hon. Gentleman at the head of the Home Office, If he is aware that a meeting is advertised to be held on Monday next in the immediate vicinity of the Houses of Parliament? I wish to know, whether it is legal to hold meetings of that description in such a place, and to make speeches which are certainly calculated to lead to some disturbance of the public peace?
§ SIR GEORGE GREY
Sir, I have not seen the announcement to which the hon. Gentleman refers, and I do not know the character of the meeting he has alluded to. I may say, however, that it is not lawful, I apprehend, to make speeches at any meeting, in any place, which are calculated to lead to any breach of the peace. With regard to meetings in the vicinity of the Houses of Parliament, there is a special statute on the subject, the object being to prevent any intimidation of Parliament. That statute, however, is limited to such meetings as have for their object the petitioning of Parliament, and it is provided that such meetings 697 may not be held within a mile of the Houses of Parliament. But I have not seen the notice or advertisement to which the hon. Gentleman refers. [Major STUART KNOX: It is in The Morning Star.]