HC Deb 18 January 1940 vol 356 c212
29. Mr. Creech Jones

asked the Home Secretary whether all pacifist propaganda is considered suspicious by his Department; and, if not, what section of the movement demanding peace is so considered?

Sir J. Anderson

No, Sir. A clear distinction can, and I think should, be drawn between a philosophy of pacifism which may be inspired by the highest motives, and certain forms of pacifist propaganda the origins and motives of which are open to suspicion. It is obviously the duty of my Department to keep a watch on the propaganda of organisations which, for their own ends, advocate a policy diametrically opposed to the declared policy of His Majesty's Government.

Mr. Creech Jones

Can the right hon. Gentleman be a little more specific, in view of the very general statement that he made in public only a few days ago?

Sir J. Anderson

I think hon. Members who, from all quarters of the House, have brought to my notice peace propaganda leaflets of various kinds will have no difficulty in understanding what I have in mind.

Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore

Would it not be a good idea if there was some generally accepted meaning of the word "pacifist" agreed upon by all sections?