§ 39. Mr. Marcus Samuel
asked the Home Secretary upon what terms as to import duty, quota, or the like, the political propagandist literature emanating from the Co-operative Publishing Society of Foreign Workers in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is permitted to enter this country; and is there at the port of entry any and, if so, what inspection of such literature in order to prevent the landing in this country of printed matter of a seditious, obscene, or otherwise objectionable character?
§ Mr. Lloyd
The importation of obscene matter is prohibited by the Customs Act. As regards propagandist literature, our law allows, as my hon. Friend knows, a wide liberty for the expression of opinions, but the Customs officers call the attention of the police to any publication coming under their notice which is of such a character that it appears to contravene the law, in order that any necessary action may be taken.
§ Miss Wilkinson
Has the hon. Gentleman any reason to suppose that obscene literature is proceeding from any other than a German source?