43. Mr. CATHCART WASON
asked the Home Secretary if he is aware that persons employed directly or indirectly in the service of the State are subjected to insolence and provocation at the hands of some advertising young women presenting them with white feathers; and if he will give orders to the police to arrest such persons for acting in a manner likely to create a breach of the peace?
§ Mr. McKENNA
I agree with my hon. Friend in thinking the practice very objectionable and not likely to assist recruiting, but I am informed by the Commissioner of Metropolitan Police that no complaint in the matter has reached the police, and I do not think the risk of the practice leading to breach of the peace is so great as to justify the action which my hon. Friend suggests.
Mr. C. WASON
May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether, if he is unable to assist in the manner indicated, he would make it easier for badges to be issued to persons employed?