HC Deb 20 November 1969 vol 791 c1487
6. Mr. Arnold Shaw

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department in view of the danger of increased Arab terrorist activities throughout the world, what precautions he has taken to safeguard persons and property in this country.

The Minister of State, Home Office (Mrs. Shirley Williams)

Chief officers of police keep a close watch on activities of this kind, but I do not think it would help to give details of precautions.

Mr. Shaw

Has my hon. Friend given thought to the safety of this place? Is she aware that it is reported that one hon. Member of this House is associated with the terrorist El Fatah organisation, and that there are certain other hon. Members who hold funds, as far as we know for no specific purpose, subscribed by a foreign Government who are sympathetic towards the terrorist organisations?

Mr. Speaker

Order. It is customary, if an hon. Member proposes to refer to another hon. Member, to inform the hon. Member concerned.

Mrs. Williams

On the first part of my hon. Friend's Question, my right hon. Friend will do everything in his power to protect the House. I think that past experience has shown that that has worked. As for the second part of my hon. Friend's question, I think that he should substantiate his allegations, following which, of course, they will be taken up in the proper quarters.