HC Deb 01 April 1943 vol 388 c329
31. Mr. Ridley

asked the Home Secretary whether he can say on what dates, round about the beginning of the war, Mr. D. F. Springhall left and returned to this country?

Mr. H. Morrison

My information is that Mr. Springhall left London on 19th August, 1939, on a boat sailing for Leningrad, and arrived back on 24th September, 1939.

Mr. Ridley

Can my right hon. Friend say what was the declared purpose of the business of Mr. Springhall?

Mr. Morrison

So far as I know, there was no declared purpose, and, of course, it was a pre-war journey under the ordinary passport arrangements.