HC Deb 14 June 1956 vol 554 cc743-4
16. Sir J. Hutchison

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is now in a position to introduce legislation in order to prevent a repetition of the incident during the Korean war when certain individuals visited British troops captured by the enemy in order to exert Communist influence upon them and thereby give aid to the Queen's enemies.

Major Lloyd-George

This matter, which presents many legal and practical difficulties, has been under consideration, but I am not yet in a position to say whether legislation will be introduced.

Sir J. Hutchison

Does my right hon. and gallant Friend recollect the indignation which this caused in the country at the time when it took place, and can he assure me that the attempt to prevent a repetition of this sort of incident has not in fact been abandoned?

Major Lloyd-George

I am glad to give that assurance. I must repeat that it is an extremely difficult matter.