§ 22. Dr. Haden Guest
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he now has any further statement to make on the control and restraint of Fascist and anti-Semitic political activities.
§ Mr. Ede
Fascist and potentially Fascist bodies in this country are small, disunited, and ineffective. They will be watched with the utmost vigilance, and the potential danger of such bodies will always be kept in mind. The Government have examined in consultation with the Law Officers the scope of the existing law and are satisfied that in present circumstances the law is fully adequate to enable action to be taken against all really dangerous activities. If believers in Fascist doctrines engage either singly or in conspiracy in subversive activities, or disturb the peace, they can be, and will be, dealt with firmly as law breakers.
Will my right hon. Friend say whether he regards anti-Semitic propaganda, carried out at a meeting for political purposes, as subversive within the scope of the definition?
§ Mr. Driberg
Did my right hon. Friend observe that a recent meeting intended to promote anti-Semitism could not be held because the Westminster City Council, very properly, refused the use of the hall? Will he commend that example to other authorities?
§ Mr. Godfrey Nicholson
The right hon. Gentleman used the term "Fascist doctrine." I am sure all Members of the House condemn Fascist doctrine—[HON. MEMBERS: "Not all."]—but does he include all totalitarian philosophy?