HC Deb 16 July 1942 vol 381 cc1330-1
15. Captain Crowder

asked the Home Secretary what action he proposes to take regarding the distribution of subversive literature among Yorkshire miners by young men between the ages of 25 and 30 who are being paid £10 a week to distribute this literature?

Mr. H. Morrison

Such information as is available to me does not suggest that men are being paid £10 a week to distribute the literature to which my hon. Friend refers, or that this literature has any appreciable influence in the mining industry or elsewhere, but I am making some further inquiries in the matter.

Mr. Sorensen

Will the right hon. Gentleman inquire in particular of the gentleman who made this statement and ask him to produce the specific evidence upon which he based his statement?

Mr. Morrison

Yes, Sir. I have given instructions that suitable inquiries should be made, and I shall be very glad of any help that Mr. Hall can give me.

Mr. Gallacher

While the Minister is making inquiries about the possible bad effect of these activities, will he also consider what would be the good effect which could be produced by the "Daily Worker"?

Mr. Morrison

I would ask my hon. Friend not to be too keen upon suppressions. This organisation is only pursuing much the same political policy as he and his own political friends pursued before the Soviet Union was attacked.

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