HC Deb 15 February 1940 vol 357 c926
26. Colonel Wedgwood

asked the Home Secretary what were the names of the four sponsors of Mr. Duvivier; and are, or were, any of them members of the British Union of Fascists or the Link?

Sir J. Anderson

It would not be right for me to publish the names of the persons who supported this application for naturalisation. I may say, however, that it was ascertained at the time that they were responsible persons of good repute, and I have no reason to think that any of them is or has been a member of the organisations referred to.

Colonel Wedgwood

Is it generally understood in all cases that the names of these sponsors are not for publication?

Sir J. Anderson

That is so, Sir, to the best of my belief.

Mr. Mander

Would it be fair to say that the Home Secretary would view with grave suspicion any recommendation from anyone who had been a member of either of these two bodies referred to in the Question?

Sir J. Anderson

That is a different question altogether.