HC Deb 16 February 1970 vol 796 cc14-5
23. Mr. Goodhew

asked the Attorney-General if he will institute proceedings against those British subjects who passed secret information to the Polish diplomats recently expelled for inadmissible activities.

The Attorney-General

Although the Polish officials in question were engaged in inadmissible activities, no evidence has been supplied to me which would justify proceedings under the Official Secrets Acts against the persons approached by those officials. This may be attributed to the timely action of the Security authorities.

Mr. Goodhew

Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman telling the House that the inadmissible activities of those diplomats were merely to approach people who were potential traitors, or people who might have passed them information, or is he saying that nothing has been done to make quite certain that no information was passed to them because they had no access to it themselves?

The Attorney-General

I am saying that these unauthorised activities were nipped in the bud.