HC Deb 14 July 1960 vol 626 c1590
29. Mr. Dodds

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action has been taken against those responsible for using a loudspeaker van to follow an American artist on 7th June through the streets of London shouting offensive slogans.

Mr. Renton

I am informed by the Commissioner of Police that the police have no information about the use of a loudspeaker on the occasion to which the hon. Member refers.

Mr. Dodds

Is the hon. and learned Gentleman aware that many people are amazed at the tenderness with which these Fascists were treated on this occasion? Is he also aware that I have a letter from a Fascist organisation which not only admits this but warns me of the dire consequences for me of putting this Question on the Order Paper? I therefore ask the hon. and learned Gentleman whether, if it is not possible to get them into a court of law, he will have a word with his right hon. and learned Friend the Minister of Health with a view to having them compulsorily detained under the Mental Health Act so that they can have treatment for diseased minds?

Mr. Renton

If such a matter were raised it would be for my right hon. and learned Friend the Minister of Health.