HC Deb 20 March 1947 vol 435 c569
10. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been drawn to the scurrilous anti-Semitic leaflets being sent into this country by Einar Aberg, of Sweden; and if he will give instructions to have these leaflets seized and to arrest those caught distributing this criminal libel.

Mr. Ede

My attention has been drawn to this matter, and I am taking such steps as are open to me to deal with it. Any evidence of, infringement of the law will, of course, be referred to the appropriate authorities.

Mr. Gallacher

Is the Minister aware that this is one of the most offensive publications that I have ever seen, and will he take steps to see that something is done to stop its distribution in this country? Would it not also be desirable to get in touch with the Swedish Government in this matter, in the same way as we get in touch with other Governments, to ask them to stop sending poison of this description?

Mr. Ede

I do not think it is necessary to get in touch with the Swedish Government, as I believe the steps that are being taken are effective.

Mr. Lipson

May I ask the Home Secretary whether it is possible to draw the attention of the Swedish Government to the fact that this man's activities are having a harmful effect in this country?

Mr. Ede

I do not want to emphasise this too much, but I will consider that.

Mr. Henn Levy

Can my right hon. Friend say what steps are open to him?

Mr. Ede

I think that, if I did that, I would be helping the gentleman in question.