HC Deb 31 January 1949 vol 460 c1374
47. Sir W. Smithers

asked the Prime Minister if, in view of the publication of a 6,000-word document issued by the Communist Party calling on the workers to take action to sabotage industrial recovery and inciting to disaffection, he will recommend the appointment of a Royal Commission, on the lines of the Un-American Activities Committee of Congress, to report on the extent and nature of Communist organisations and their subversive activities in Britain.

The Prime Minister

No, Sir.

Sir W. Smithers

When can this House and the public be made aware of whether the Prime Minister really means business about attacking Communism? Is it not obvious that he is doubly prisoner, to the T.U.C. and his own Left wing? When will he be master in his own house?

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the hon. Member for Orpington (Sir W. Smithers) has recently been having sleepless nights because he has discovered a plot in the ranks of the Boy Scouts; and what is being done to stop this insidious plot to undermine the British Empire?