HC Deb 07 April 1938 vol 334 cc507-8
28. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Home Secretary whether any action has been taken by the Metropolitan Police in connection with Nazi-financed organisations in this country formed to carry on propaganda against Belgian independence in Belgium; and whether the refusal to allow General Count von der Goltz to land at Dover on 12th March was because of his connection with one of these organisations, the European Press Agency?

Sir S. Hoare

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which the Parliamentary Under-Secretary gave to the hon. Member for North Lambeth (Mr. G. Strauss) on Tuesday last.

Mr. Gallacher

Is the Minister not aware that the Germans, in view of the support they are getting from important people in this country, appear to think that they can treat this country with contempt; and is he not prepared to take some steps to stop what is going on?

Vice-Admiral Taylor and Viscountess Astor rose


Mr. Speaker

We can deal with only one question at a time.

Sir S. Hoare

My hon. Friend the Under-Secretary, on Tuesday last, informed the House that a full investigation is being made into this case, and until it is completed I cannot make any further statement.

Vice-Admiral Taylor

Is not the Home Secretary aware that there is a far more dangerous organisation—the Communist organisation—carrying on propaganda in this country, financed by Russia?

Viscountess Astor

Is it not true that Europe had never heard of Fascism or Hitlerism until it was threatened by Communism?

Mr. Kirkwood

You see the hon. Member for West Fire (Mr. Gallacher) laughs at the idea of the Communist organisation being a dangerous organisation.