HC Deb 23 July 1940 vol 363 cc603-4
47. Mr. G. Strauss

asked the Prime Minister whether the committee appointed by his predecessor, under the chairmanship of Lord Swinton, to report to him suspicious political activities, is still in existence; who its members are; and whether it is now making any reports?

The Prime Minister

It would not be in the public interest to give any information on the subject covered by the hon. Member's Question.

Mr. Strauss

As this committee was set up without any public announcement, and its purpose seems to be rather peculiar, would it not be possible to allay public suspicion by some announcement in regard to its activities?

The Prime Minister

A great many committees and a good many enterprises, some of them of a peculiar character, are set up without any public announcement. I cannot see any advantage in this case in dealing with the matter across the Floor of the House.

Mr. Silverman

What were the special qualifications that led the right hon. Gentleman to appoint this particular chairman?