HC Deb 02 March 1937 vol 321 cc150-1
8. Captain Ramsay

asked the Lord Advocate whether he is aware that agents of the Communist party have recently procured for military service in Spain, under false pretences, a number of young men in Scotland, by promises of well-paid work in peaceful pursuits, whereas on arrival in Spain they were forced to undertake military service; and, if evidence as to this is furnished, will he take steps to prosecute the persons responsible?

The Lord Advocate (Mr. T. M. Cooper)

The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. I shall be obliged if my hon. and gallant Friend will furnish me with any particulars in his possession.

Captain Ramsay

May I ask whether the Scottish law at present is capable of dealing with such an offence, or whether these persons are to be allowed to go free?

The Lord Advocate

I should like to see the particulars first.

Mr. Gallacher

Is there any way of ensuring prosecution against the purveyors of these slanders?