HC Deb 05 February 1948 vol 446 c1904
49. Mr. John E. Haire

asked the Prime Minister whether it is now proposed to require scientists engaged in Government Defence Departments to pass a loyalty test.

The Prime Minister

No, Sir; but such steps are taken as are necessary to make sure that those who are entrusted with secret information of vital importance to the State are loyal to the State.

Mr. Haire

Has my right hon. Friend seen recent newspaper publicity indicating an extension of the powers of M.I.5 that might be applied in that direction, and would he do something to contradict them?

The Prime Minister

I have not received notice.

Mr. Platts-Mills

Can the Prime Minister give an assurance that no scientists, and indeed no civil servants, will be employed in any capacity if there is any possible suspicion that they could be guilty of un-American activities?