HC Deb 12 June 1947 vol 438 cc1338-9
54. Lieut.-Colonel Bromley-Davenport

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many policemen were sent on 3rd June to delete the words "Tinker's Palace" from a house in Beechcroft Road, Tooting; and what are the present instructions to the police with regard to the removal of slogans of this character from walls and buildings in the Metropolitan area.

Mr. Ede

The answer to the lust part of the Question is, "Four." No specific instructions about the removal of slogans have been issued by the Commissioner of Police.

Lieut. - Colonel Bromley - Davenport

Would the right hon. Gentleman use what influence he has to restrain Ministers of the Crown from making provocative and blasphemous statements, which are liable to lead to retaliation?

Mr. Ede

It is my duty, as being responsible for the Police, to see that the King's peace is preserved, and that when people break the law, as was done in this case, by defacing walls, that proper steps are taken to preserve the peace.

Vice-Admiral Taylor

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that most objectionable Communist slogans have been painted on the walls of Bayswater Road facing Kensington Gardens, and that they have been there for some time?

Mr. Skeffington-Lodge

Would my right hon. Friend look into the possibility of the culprit in this case being a member of the Housewives' League?

Lieut.-Commander Braithwaite

Can the Minister confirm or deny the rumour that motorists passing this residence have developed the habit of giving two hoots?