HC Deb 02 November 1939 vol 352 cc2092-3
23. Mr. Dobbie

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the fact that German agents are sending out leaflets by post from neutral countries accusing this country of supplying Poland with gas shells, giving on such leaflets the names of British citizens who were members of a disbanded pro-German organisation in this country; whether copies of any such leaflets have been considered by him; and what action he intends to take in the matter?

Sir J. Anderson

I have seen a specimen of a leaflet of the kind described, which appears to have been sent through the post from a neutral country. Such oversight as the postal censorship can exercise over incoming mail must, of course, be secondary to their more important duty of censoring mails going out of the country; but I am considering, in consultation with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War what steps can be taken to prevent such propaganda being sent into this country from abroad.

Mr, Dobbie

Will the Minister report to the House the decision which has been arrived at after consideration?

Sir J. Anderson

Perhaps the question can be put down later on.

Mr. Kennedy

May we be given the name of the disbanded pro-German organisation?

Sir J. Anderson

I am afraid I cannot answer that particular question; I do not know.