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CHAR 2/213 Public and Political: Breach of Privilege Case.

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CHAR 2/213/1-15

Letter from William McWhirter, Sunday Dispatch, London, to WSC, enclosing, at the request of Lord Rothermere, news article on suppression of Lancashire views sent to the Joint Select Committee on the Government of India.

15 folios
31 Mar 1934
CHAR 2/213/16-17

Letter from Douglas Crawford, Foreign Editor, Daily Mail to WSC, sending documents relating to the suppression of evidence to the Joint Select Committee on the Goverment of India.

2 folios
03 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/18-20

Preface to Statement of Evidence presented by Manchester Chamber of Commerce, with the approval and support of The Cotton Spinners' and Manufacturers Association and the Federation of Master Cotton Spinners' Associations Ltd to the Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform.

3 folios
26 Oct 1933
CHAR 2/213/21

Telegram from WSC to Sir Joseph Nall, Manchester Chamber of Commerce, asking for meeting to discuss suppression of evidence to Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform [copy].

1 folio
10 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/22-26

Letter from Douglas Crawford, Foreign Editor, Daily Mail, London to WSC, on meeting with Harold Robinson, Alan Chorlton MP, possibly James Watts, to discuss suppression of Manchester's evidence to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform, enclosing letter from Watts on the matter.

1 folio
06 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/27-34

"Short notes" on a conversation at the Savoy Hotel, London between WSC, Brendan Bracken, Douglas Crawford, Foreign Editor, Daily Mail, Harold Robinson and Alan Chorlton MP, on suppression of evidence of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform [typescript].

8 folios
08 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/35-38

Letter from WSC to David Lloyd George, sending papers on suppression of evidence from the India Section of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform [typescript draft, initialled by WSC, with carbon].

4 folios
10 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/39

Telegram from Lord Salisbury to WSC, acknowledging receipt of papers on suppression of evidence to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform.

1 folio
12 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/40

Telegram from Sir Joseph Nall to WSC, on meeting to discuss suppression of evidence of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform.

1 folio
11 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/41-42

Letter from Harold Robinson (Chepstow Street, Manchester) to WSC, on suppression of evidence of Indian Section of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform.

2 folios
11 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/43-50

Letter from WSC to Terence O'Connor, on suppression of evidence of Indian Section of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform [carbon].

8 folios
11 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/51-53

Letter from James, 4th Lord Salisbury, Cranborne Lodge, Salisbury, to WSC, thanks for sending papers on suppression of evidence of Indian Section of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform, commenting that when the Manchester witnesses had appeared before the Committee it was obvious that they had been "got at". "I was profoundly disgusted. It was useless to put any questions...Clearly the business of a Committee is to get at the truth, and equally clearly what the papers which you send me disclose made it impossible for the Committee to get at the truth in this particular". Also commenting that he was very dissatisfied with the attitude of the Government in reference to the Joint Select Committee.

3 folios
12 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/54

Memorandum from H W Potter, Daily Mail, Manchester, to Douglas Crawford, Foreign Editor, Daily Mail, London, sending material on suppression of evidence of the India Committee of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform,.

1 folio
13 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/55

Letter from Harold Robinson, Chepstow Street, Manchester to Douglas Crawford, Daily Mail, confirming that further evidence of Government interference in work of the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform. Stating that Lord Derby had visited Manchester Chamber of Commerce in September 1933, and implored them to alter their evidence.

1 folio
13 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/56

Letter from E Raymond Street, Secretary, Manchester Chamber of Commerce, to members of India Executive Committee on evidence to Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform [copy].

1 folio
19 Jun 1933
CHAR 2/213/57-58

Minutes of meeting of Manchester Chamber of Commerce India Executive Committee, on the Committee's evidence to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform, particularly informal discussions between the Chairman, J Harold Rodier and Lord Derby [copy].

2 folios
04 Jul 1933
CHAR 2/213/59

Telegram from Sir William Clare Lees, Leader of British Textile Mission to India, to the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, on evidence to Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform [copy].

1 folio
23 Oct 1933
CHAR 2/213/60-63

Minutes of meeting of Manchester Chamber of Commerce, to discuss evidence to Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform.

4 folios
24 Oct 1933
CHAR 2/213/64

Telegram from Sir William Clare Lees, British Textile Mission to India to Manchester Chamber of Commerce, on evidence to Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform [copy].

1 folio
24 Oct 1934
CHAR 2/213/65

Manchester Chamber of Commerce "diary" of evidence to Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional reform, Apr-Nov 1933.

1 folio
[Nov] 1933
CHAR 2/213/66-70

Letter from WSC to Captain Edward Fitzroy, Speaker of the House of Commons, stating that he had knowledge of suppression of evidence to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform, on which he sought a ruling on a matter of Privilege. Stating that he was prepared to submit his evidence to the Committee of Privileges, and that he proposed to raise the matter at the close of Questions. Asking the Speaker to rule the case a Breach of Privilege [carbon].

5 folios
15 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/71-72

Letter from WSC to Sir Samuel Hoare (later Lord Templewood), Secretary of State for India, stating that he had knowledge of suppression of evidence of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform, and that he had asked the Speaker to refer the matter to the Committee of Privileges [carbon].

1 folio
15 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/73

Letter from WSC to Lord Derby, on his decision to raise as a matter of Privilege in the House of Commons, the circumstances relating to the alteration of the original evidence of the India Section of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform. Complaining of Derby's action, as a member of the Committee. Making it clear that although he regarded derby's action as "most irregular" it was not intended as a reflection on his motives or character [carbon].

1 folio
15 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/74

Letter from Lord Derby, Derby House, London to WSC, on allegations of suppression of evidence of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform. Stating that he did not alter their evidence, and that although he was in touch with his "Lancashire friends", the evidence was dealt with by a Special Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, who altered their original report, largely as a result of information from their Mission in India.

1 folio
16 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/75

Letter from Sir Ralph Verney, Secretary to The Speaker, to WSC, acknowledging receipt of letter of 15 Apr, stating that the Speaker would call him after Questions.

1 folio
16 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/76

Letter from H G Vincent, PS to the Prime Minister, Ramsay Macdonald, asking him to send evidence relating to suppression of evidence of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform, so that it could be circulated to members of the Committee of Privileges.

1 folio
16 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/77-78

Letter from The Duke of Westminster, Hotel Lotti, Paris, to WSC, congratulations on statement in the House of Commons, on suppression of evidence to Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional reform "You undoubtedly had the sympathy of the House".

2 folios
17 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/79

Telegram from "Slater Eastbourne" to WSC, congratulations on exposing "sinister method" of Samuel Hoare (later Lord Templewood) Secretary of State for India, suppress evidence of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional reform.

1 folio
17 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/80-82

Letter from WSC to Ramsay Macdonald, Prime Minister, on his evidence of suppression of evidence of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform. Asking for the Committee of Privileges to be enlarged on account of the exceptional character of the enquiry [carbon].

3 folios
17 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/83

Letter from Douglas Crawford, Foreign Editor, Daily Mail, to WSC, sending material on Breach of Privilege case on suppression of evidence of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform.

1 folio
18 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/84-85

Letter from WSC to J Ramsay Macdonald, sending copy of documents on suppression of evidence to Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional reform that he intended to submit to the Committee of Privileges. Pointing out that the papers were not covered by the Official Secrets Act, and should not be printed under a superscription that they were the property of H.M. Government [carbon].

2 folios
18 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/86

Letter from Nevile Butler [Private Secretary to the Prime Minister] (10, Downing Street, Whitehall [London]) to WSC acknowledging receipt of his letter [CHAR 2/213/84-85] to the Prime Minister [J Ramsay MacDonald]. Signed manuscript.

1 folio
18 Apr [1934]
CHAR 2/213/87

Letter from James Lees Milne, PS to Lord Lloyd, Portman Square, London to the PS to WSC, reporting conversation between Lloyd and Sir William Clare Lees on suppression of evidence of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform.

1 folio
18 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/88

Letter from Edith, Lady Nall, Hoveringham Hall, Nottingham, to WSC, regretting that her husband, Sir Joseph Nall, was ill and unable to attend meetings on suppression of evidence of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform.

1 folio
18 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/89

Letter from O C Williams, Clerk to the Committee of Privileges, House of Commons, to WSC, asking him to attend Committee on 23 Apr.

1 folio
19 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/90

Letter from Sir [Joseph] Austen Chamberlain (58 Rutland Gate [London]) to WSC, on the enquiry by the Committee of Privileges [into WSC's allegations of suppression of evidence given by the Manchester Chamber of Commerce before the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform]. Chamberlain explains that he had written to the Prime Minister and Chairman of the Committee [James Ramsay MacDonald], as he felt unable to attend, because of discussions between himself and WSC on the subject, even though WSC had offered to "wipe out" their discussions, as he was quite prepared to trust Chamberlain as a juryman. Chamberlain informs WSC that the Committee had unanimously decided that their discussions would not hinder Chamberlain from taking part in the enquiry, and that his abstention would rather embarrass them. He explains that he had now agreed to take part, but wanted to tell WSC himself; he further assures WSC that he would act with a full sense of his responsibilities, and would not be biased by anything he had heard before the enquiry opened.

1 folio
19 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/91

Letter from Douglas Crawford, Foreign Editor, Daily Mail, to WSC, sending cuttings on White Paper on Indian Constitutional Reform [not retained], to help in preparing his case, showing the strength of anti-feeling in the country.

1 folio
20 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/92-93

Questions from M R Jayakar to Sir Samuel Hoare, (later Lord Templewood), Secretary of State for India, on the convention that the British Government did not intervene in fiscal questions in India.

1 folio
[Jul] [1933]
CHAR 2/213/94-96

Letter from Harold J Wilson, "Morning Post" to WSC, on Indian tariff rates on British goods.

3 folios
19 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/97-98

Letter from Harold Robinson, Chepstow Street, Manchester, to WSC, on reports that John Morris MP was attempting to persuade MPs to sign a petition condemning his action in bringing suppression of evidence to Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform before the Committee of Privileges. Stating that he was doing his utmost to prevent this by telling leading industrialists in the North of the true situation. Suggesting that WSC should come to Manchester and speak in the Free Trade Hall at the earliest possible moment after the Committee of Privileges had announced its decision.

2 folios
19 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/99

Letter from J Ramsay Macdonald, Prime Minister to WSC, reporting that he had arranged for WSC's evidence to Committee of Privileges to be printed. Confirming that WSC's act of handing the documents to the Committee did not deprive him of his legal rights in them, and that documents printed for a House of Commons Committee were not marked that they wee the property of H M Government, only the usual request that they should not be communicated to anyone outside the Committee.

2 folios
19 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/100

Letter from J Ramsay Macdonald, Prime Minister to WSC, reporting first meeting of Committee of Privileges to consider his charges against Lord Derby and Sir Samuel Hoare (later Lord Templewood) of suppression of evidence to Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform. Asking him to attend next meeting.

1 folio
19 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/101-102

Letter from Sir Henry Page Croft, Southwell Gardens, London to WSC, sending presscutting from the "Manchester Guardian", 24 Feb 1934, on speech of Lord Derby, to the British Cotton Waste Association, in Manchester.

2 folios
20 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/103-104

Letter from WSC to Ramsay Macdonald, Prime Minister, on appearance before the Committee of Privileges on allegations of suppression of evidence to Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform [carbon].

2 folios
20 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/105

Letter from O C Williams, Clerk to the Committee of Privileges, House of Commons, to WSC, on his evidence to the Committee.

1 folio
20 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/106

Telegram from members of the Cotton Trade meeting in Manchester to WSC, wishing him every encouragement in case of Breach of privilege case on suppression of evidence to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform.

1 folio
20 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/107

Letter from Katherine, Duchess of Atholl, Elm Park Gardens, London, on suppression of evidence of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform by Lord Derby and Sir Samuel Hoare (later Lord Templewood).

1 folio
20 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/108

Telegram from WSC to Katherine, Duchess of Atholl, thanks for letter of support on Breach of Privilege case on suppression of evidence of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform by Lord Derby and Sir Samuel Hoare (later Lord Templewood).

1 folio
21 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/109

Letter from Sydney Wilkes, Manchester to WSC, letter of support on Breach of Privilege case on suppression of evidence of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform by Lord Derby and Sir Samuel Hoare (later Lord Templewood), signed by seven members of the Manchester cotton trade.

1 folio
20 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/110-119

Letter from Harold Robinson, Chepstow Street, Manchester, to Randolph Churchill, on Breach of Privilege case on suppression of evidence of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform by Lord Derby and Sir Samuel Hoare (later Lord Templewood), enclosing copy of letter to a friend, on the whole Indian situation as it effected Lancashire.

10 folios
20 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/120

Letter from J Ramsay Macdonald, Prime Minister, to WSC, on his appearance before Committee of Privileges to discuss suppression of evidence to Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform.

1 folio
21 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/121-123

Letter from WSC to J Ramsay Macdonald, Prime Minister, on his appearance before Committee of Privileges to discuss suppression of evidence to Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform, attaching list of documents which should be disclosed to the Committee [carbon].

3 folios
22 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/124

Letter from WSC to the Clerk, Committee of Privileges, House of Commons, naming, at the request of Lord Hugh Cecil (later Lord Quickswood) Harold Robinson as the source of the documents on suppression of evidence of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform [carbon].

1 folio
23 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/125

Letter from Edith, Lady Nall , Hoveringham Hall, Nottingham to WSC, reporting that her husband, Sir Joseph Nall was recovering and that she would keep him informed of progress of WSC's case on suppression of evidence to JSC on Indian Constitutional Reform.

1 folio
23 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/126-132

Letter from Cyril Asquith (later Lord Asquith of Bishopstone) to WSC, on his appearance before the Committee of Privileges to discuss suppression of evidence of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform [original ms, with typed transcript].

7 folios
25 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/133

Letter from Terence O'Connor, Temple gardens, London, to WSC, stating that before he left Chartwell, someone had taken his and Cyril Asquith's papers relating to WSC's appearance before the Committee of Privileges. Asking for them to be brought up to London.

1 folio
25 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/134-136

Letter from O C Williams, Clerk to the Committee of Privileges, House of Commons, on procedure for his appearance before the Committee to discuss suppression of evidence of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform, stating that he would not be allowed to examine and cross-examine witnesses.

3 folios
25 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/137

Letter from Violet Pearman, PS to WSC to Terence O'Connor, returning his papers on WSC's appearance before Committee of Privileges, which had been left at Chartwell [carbon].

1 folio
26 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/138

Letter from Violet Pearman, PS to WSC to E Roderick Dew, Lewis &Lewis, sending bundle of newspaper cuttings on White Paper on Indian Constitutional Reform, asking for comments, on WSC's behalf [carbon].

1 folio
26 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/139

Letter from WSC to Edith, Lady Nall, expressing pleasure that her husband, Sir Joseph Nall was recovering from illness. Stating that there was no need to worry him about Indian matters at present [carbon].

1 folio
26 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/140

Letter from Terence O'Connor to WSC, on the refusal of the Committee of Privileges to provide WSC with more than one copy of documents.

1 folio
[Apr] 1934
CHAR 2/213/141

Letter from O C Williams, Clerk to the Committee of Privileges, House of Commons, to WSC, passing on decision of Committee that witnesses were to be supplied with only one copy of evidence.

1 folio
27 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/142

Letter from E Roderick Dew, Lewis &Lewis, Solicitors, London, to Violet Pearman, PS to WSC, returning press cuttings on White Paper on Indian Constitutional Reform.

1 folio
27 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/213/143

Cutting from the "Daily Mail" on the White Paper on Indian Constitutional Reform.

2 folios
24 Mar 1934
CHAR 2/213/144

Cutting from the "The Times" on the Altrincham By-Election, and the views of the Conservative Candidate Sir Edward Grigg (later Lord Altrincham) on India.

2 folios
30 May 1933
CHAR 2/213/145-146

Letter from WSC to Ramsay Macdonald, Prime Minister, on transcript of his evidence to the Committee of Privileges on suppression of evidence of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform [typescript copy].

2 folios
26 Apr 1933
CHAR 2/213/147-150

Letter from Terence O'Connor to WSC, enclosing draft of letter to Clerk to the Committee of Privileges, House of Commons, on the Committee's decision not to allow him to examine and cross-examine witnesses.

4 folios
27 Apr 1933
CHAR 2/213/151-152

Letter from WSC to the Clerk to the Committee of Privileges, House of Commons, on the Committee's decision not to allow him to examine, and cross examine witnesses, also on disclosure of documents [typescript draft].

2 folios
27 Apr 1933
CHAR 2/213/153

Letter from Terence O'Connor to E R Dew, on WSC's appearance before the Committee of Privileges to discuss suppression of evidence of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform [carbon].

1 folio
27 Apr 1933
CHAR 2/213/154

Letter from Terence O'Connor to WSC, on his appearance before the Committee of Privileges to discuss suppression of evidence of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform [carbon].

1 folio
27 Apr 1933
CHAR 2/213/155

Letter from [Violet Pearman], PS to WSC to Douglas Crawford, Daily Mail, returning cuttings on India [carbon].

1 folio
28 Apr 1933
CHAR 2/213/156

Letter from The Daily Mail to Violet Pearman, PS to WSC , acknowledging receipt of press cuttings on India.

1 folio
30 Apr 1933
CHAR 2/213/157

Letter from Terence O'Connor, Temple Gardens, London, to WSC, on his appearance before the Committee of Privileges suppression of evidence of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform.

1 folio
30 Apr 1933
CHAR 2/213/158

Letter from Alan Chorlton MP to E R Dew, Lewis &Lewis, Solicitors, on suppression of evidence of Manchester Chamber of Commerce to the Joint Select Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform.

1 folio
28 Apr 1934