HC Deb 30 November 1938 vol 342 cc415-6
62. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Secretary of State for Air, whether the facts have been communicated to him regarding the visit by German air officials to Britain during which aeroplanes, including Blenheims, were closely inspected by them and answers given to questions by British officers which might lead to prosecution under the Official Secrets Act; and whether he has forwarded, or intends to forward, his information to the Attorney-General for action under the Act?

Sir K. Wood

The hon. Member, I understand, refers to the visit of German air officials which took place in the spring of 1937 when the Royal Air Force were glad to have an opportunity of reciprocating facilities accorded to officers of the Service on a visit to Germany. He can be assured that due consideration was given to questions concerning secrecy, so that the point raised in the last part of his question does not arise.

Mr. Gallacher

In view of the very categorical statement made by an expert in the Sunday "Observer," will the Minister make inquiries, and if he finds that this is actually the case, consider what steps are to be taken to stop such occurrences, and if it is not the case see whether something cannot be done to stop the "Observer" from slandering these people?