HC Deb 20 February 1941 vol 369 cc274-5
58. Mr. Wedgwood

asked the Home Secretary whether, with reference to Fascists in key positions in the various Ministries, he has, amongst the necessary steps to guard against such risks, provided each Department of State with the list of names and addresses of Fascists; and how many of those on the 1939 list are now employed by his Department or in the Metropolitan Police?

Mr. H. Morrison

It would not be in the public interest to disclose the nature of the steps taken to guard against the risk which my right hon. Friend has in mind. I can, however, assure him that there is no one employed either at the Home Office or at New Scotland Yard who is known to have been actively engaged in furthering the objects of the British Union.

Mr. Wedgwood

Are the heads of the other Departments of State supplied with this list which the right hon. Gentleman has at the Home Office, or can they have it if they apply for it?

Mr. Morrison

I can assure my right hon. Friend that sufficient information is always available to the Departments concerned.

Mr. Thurtle

Does my right hon. Friend's answer also cover the Communist party?

Mr. Morrison

The House may take it that my answer covers everybody who may be a danger to the security of the State. We are quite impartial; we keep an eye on all people.

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