HC Deb 24 July 1941 vol 373 cc1034-5
27. Commander Locker -Lampson

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to the activities of the Sydmouth Douglas Social Credit Association, as these are calculated to impair the war effort; and what steps he is taking to deal with this association?

Mr. H. Morrison

My attention has been drawn to an anti-Semitic circular recently issued by the association referred to. It would, I think, on my present information, be exaggerating the influence of this obscure body to suggest that its activities could have any effect on the war effort, but I shall keep it under observation.

Commander Locker-Lampson

Are not the documents which I sent to the right hon. Gentleman anti-Government and pro-Hitler?

Mr. Morrison

It is not necessarily an offence for a document to be anti-Government. Otherwise, from time to time we should be in trouble with parts of the House of Commons. On the last point, I am not satisfied that it is necessarily so, but I will keep it under observation.

Commander Locker-Lampson

Are not their statements actually libels?

Mr. Morrison

I am not sure that that is a matter for me.

Colonel Sandeman Allen

Does not this involve a great waste of paper at a time of paper shortage?