§ 39. Mr. Barnett
asked the President of the Board of Trade how many businessmen have now obtained copies of the leaflet issued by his Department entitled, Security Advice About Visits to Communist Countries.
§ 40. Mr. Barnett
asked the President of the Board of Trade on how many cases he based the leaflet, Security Advice About Visits to Communist Countries.
§ Mr. Barnett
Has not there been over-dramatisation of the danger of real spying by businessmen? Is not the only effective way to export to these countries by personal visits, and is not the leaflet more likely to act as a deterrent than as an incentive? Will my hon. Friend therefore consider withdrawing it?
§ Mr. Patrick Jenkin
Is not the most important thing to warn businessmen that if they find they have been compromised or approached in any way they should at once report the matter to the security authorities in this country? Will the Minister consider amending the leaflet by adding that advice to it?
§ Mr. Emrys Hughes
Did not this country send an alleged businessman to Russia, and was there not a great deal of indignation by hon. Members when he was arrested, although he subsequently wrote a book in which he admitted that he was a spy?
§ Mr. Peyton
Is the Minister aware that if all the advice offered by Her Majesty's Government were as expert, as well-founded and as reasonable as this, they should be congratulated? It is a great exception!