HC Deb 20 April 1939 vol 346 cc493-4
40. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Home Sectary whether he is aware that Herr Ernst Lahrmann, of Liverpool, combines the post of representative of the Leipzig Industies Fair with that of a keypoint leader of the German Labour Front; whether he is aware of the complaints of this gentleman attempting to intimidate Germans resident in this country into joining the labour front; and whether any steps are being taken to stop this form of activity?

Sir S. Hoare

I am not yet in a position to add to the answer which I gave on Tuesday to the hon. Member for the Scotland Division of Liverpool (Mr. Logan).

Mr. Gallacher

Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that this intimidation is going on with greater intensity than ever before? Is he aware that a young German, attending a meeting of refugees last night, had to appear with his face covered, so that he could not be recognised by the agents of this individual?

Sir S. Hoare

I have told the House more than once that I am looking very carefully into these cases, and I am investigating this one. I have taken action within the last week or two in connection with certain individuals, and I am watching the position very carefully.

Mr. Kirby

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the people of Liverpool resent the activities of this man, and expect some action to be taken very quickly?

Sir S. Hoare

I have said that I am already looking into the case, but, until my investigation is completed, I cannot make any further statement.

60. Mr. Vyvyan Adams

asked the Home Secretary how many societies exist in this country for the propagation of Nazi philosophy among Germans resident in Great Britain?

Sir S. Hoare

The principal body is the English branch of the Auslands Organisation of the National Socialist German Workers Party which is sectionally and regionally organised. As regards other societies, I have nothing to add to the reply which I gave yesterday to the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, East (Mr. Mander).

Mr. Adams

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the existence of these bodies is keenly resented in this country?