HC Deb 12 July 1939 vol 349 cc2229-30
41. Mr. Montague

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether the published notices on His Majesty's Ship "Resolution" and other naval ships warning men against Communist propaganda and instructing them to surrender leaflets and other material if received have had any recent result; and whether similar notices and instructions are or will be issued respecting Fascist propaganda?

Mr. Shakespeare

Subversive literature is occasionally found in His Majesty's ships and establishments, but it is not possible to say whether its discovery is a direct result of the published notices. With regard to the second part of the hon. Member's question, steps will be taken to deal with subversive literature emanating from any other source should the need arise.

Mr. Leach

Can the hon. Gentleman say what is subversive propaganda? Is the Bible included?

Mr. Shakespeare

It is very difficult to define, but very easy to know when you see it.

Mr. Montague

Does the hon. Gentleman's reply mean that propaganda of the Communist party is necessarily and always subversive? What is the meaning of "subversive"?

Mr. Shakespeare

I never said anything of the kind.

Mr. Alexander

Does the hon. Gentleman really mean, by subversive propaganda, any propaganda that the Government do not like?