§ 38. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has now declared illegal all organisations and societies whose activities are calculated to undermine the national effort and will to victory?
§ The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Peake)
I presume my hon. and gallant Friend refers to 24 the exercise of powers conferred on my right hon. Friend by Defence Regulation 18AA. My right hon. Friend has already made an order applying that Regulation to one organisation, and he will not hesitate to use the power in respect of any other organisation if he is satisfied that the conditions precedent Lave been fulfilled.
§ 41. Mr. Thurtle
asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that ex-military officers of high rank of known Fascist sympathies are in a special degree a potential menace to national security; and whether he is keeping under observation the activities of such officers?
§ Mr. Thurtle
May I take it that the hon. Gentlemen means that even if a man is of such rank as ex-major-general, the Department will still be prepared to investigate his activities?
§ Mr. Thurtle
If their record shows that they have had Fascist affiliations and sympathies, does not that alter the case?
§ Sir H. Williams
Does the hon. Gentleman agree with me that some of these ex-military officers are a considerable danger when they will insist on joining the Local Defence Volunteers?