London (Jun. 23)
Mr. Brendan Bracken, Conservative member for Paddington, has written to the “Jewish Chronicle”, declaring that it was not he who objected in the House last week when Colonel Josiah Wedgwood addressed a question to the Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs on the torturing of Samson Bronstein.
I was not in the House when Colonel Wedgwood put his question to the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, nor had I heard of the ill-treatment of Mr. Bronstein, Mr. Bracken writes.
As I have a profound respect for the Jewish race and have played some little part in assisting the Zionist movement, I should not like it to remain on record that I criticised Colonel Wedgwood’s chivalrous defence of the rights of a Jew who is reported to have been grossly ill-treated by the Roumanian police.
According to Hansard, the objection to Colonel Wedgwood’s question was made not by Mr. Bracken, but by Lieut. Commander Agnew, the Conservative member for Camborne.
The report of Colonel Wedgwood’s question, attributing to Mr. Bracken the supplementary question, was supplied to the J.T.A. by its Parliamentary representative, who writes apologising and expressing regrets to Mr. Bracken for the error which was quite unintentional. It is not at all easy at question time, he says, to identify everyone who jumps up with a supplementary question, especially when they cannot without difficulty be seen in the press gallery.