HC Deb 05 February 1942 vol 377 cc1260-1
16. Mr. Keeling (for Commander Bower)

asked the Home Secretary why Pietro Mariano Salerni, an Italian sub- ject and Fascist, is allowed to be at large and to visit factories which are making secret munitions of war?

Mr. H. Morrison

Careful consideration was given to all the facts and circumstances of this case, and the description of the man as a "Fascist" does not accord with my information. The information available to me shows that it is in the national interest to allow him to be at large and to carry on the employment on which he is engaged.

Mr. Keeling

Is my right hon. Friend aware that this man's financial past has attracted very unfavourable notice in the Press, and does he not think him a very queer enemy to select for freedom?

Mr. Morrison

I expect that we know all about this man, but I shall be glad to consider any information that my hon. Friend can send me.