HC Deb 10 December 1945 vol 417 cc30-1
81. Lieutenant Herbert Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will publish a White Paper summarising the evidence discovered in the German Foreign Office and in other captured documents revealing the names and activities of British subjects associated with the Nazi movement prior to the outbreak of war.

Mr. McNeil

The small staff charged with examining the large quantities of German documents has so far been concentrated in producing evidence for the Nuremberg trials. My right hon. Friend will, however, consider what use might be made of such documents as those referred to by my hon. and gallant Friend when a full examination has been made of all documents of this nature available.

Lieutenant Hughes

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there has been considerable Press publicity given in this country to these discoveries, and may it not be in the interests of the sections of society who may presumed to be involved that as soon as possible evidence should be published?

Mr. McNeil

My attention has, of course, been drawn to the Press reports, but the hon. and gallant Gentleman would not expect us to act upon them, and he need not be at all anxious that any particular part of society will be protected if their guilt is established.