HC Deb 07 March 1940 vol 358 cc552-3
41. Brigadier-General Spears

asked the Home Secretary whether he will take steps to put a stop to the activities of highly-placed persons and others putting forward German propaganda in the form of peace proposals supplied by German agents?

53. Mr. G. Strauss

asked the Home Secretary whether he will use his powers to prevent British nationals from communicating with the enemy by personal visits to German Embassies or Legations in neutral countries?

Sir J. Anderson

Both Questions relate to the same incident; and, while there is general agreement that activities of the kind to which the Questions refer are to be deplored, I do not think the incident can properly be regarded as affording sufficient grounds for the imposition of additional penal restrictions.

Mr. Strauss

Does the right hon. Gentleman mean that he has no powers now to deal with an English national who communicates with the enemy through Legations in Ireland or any foreign country?

Sir J. Anderson

I did not mean to convey that I have no powers, but that I do not think any additional powers are required.

Brigadier-General Spears

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a number of persons in the "Christian Settlement Group" under the chairmanship of Lord Tavistock were previously connected with the "Link," and are the activities of this group and its connections and communications with enemy agents being closely watched?

Sir J. Anderson

I think we are fully aware of what is going on.

Mr. Kirkwood

Will the right hon. Gentleman see that no more restrictions are put upon us in this country, whether they emanate from Jews or anybody else?

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