HC Deb 28 February 1934 vol 286 cc1088-9

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been called to the publication in this country of a book by Professor Ewald Banse, of the technical high school at Brunswick, and a member of the secret government committee of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wehrpolitik and Wehrwissenschaft; and whether, in view of the fact that this book openly discusses the best method for the invasion of England, he will make inquiries of the German Government as to whether Professor Banse is to retain his official position and represents official views?


I understand that on the 26th February a statement by the German Embassy was published to the effect that Professor Banse's books are the work of an irresponsible theorist and are in no way in keeping with the policy of the German Government. Further, the book in question appears to have been banned in Germany early last November. I hardly think it is necessary in these circumstances to adopt the hon. Member's suggestion.


Do I understand that the right hon. Gentleman is satisfied that Professor Banse is not associated in any way with the German Government?


I am not going to make any statement on that subject, but it appears to me—and I am sure my hon. Friend will agree—that if anybody has any theories as to how to invade this country, it is as well to know what they are.

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