HC Deb 02 November 1954 vol 532 c193
23. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for War what steps he is taking to prevent infiltration of the British Army by Communists.

Mr. Head

Our policy is in line with that announced by the then Prime Minister on 15th March, 1948, on the employment of Communists and Fascists in the Government service.

Mr. Hughes

Has the Minister's attention been directed to a front page news item in the "Daily Express," last week, entitled, "Army sacks Communist soldiers," stating that the Army had just come to a decision to discharge Communists. If a Regular soldier, whose mother and father are old-age pensioners, joins the Communist Party out of disgust at the treatment accorded to them, is he liable to be thrown out of the Army?

Mr. Head

That is a hypothetical case. I am not aware of the particular article, but I do not know of any close liaison between the "Daily Express" and the Army Council on this subject.

Mr. Paget

Are we to understand that to join the C.P. is a simple method of getting a free discharge?

Mr. Head

No, Sir.