HL Deb 23 February 1943 vol 126 c220

My Lords, I beg to ask the question in my name.

[The question was as follows:

To ask His Majesty's Government what qualifications are required of officers to be appointed to the Security Department of the Admiralty and whether, in view of the fact that they may be called upon to address both civilian and Service audiences, steps are taken to ascertain that their views are consistent with the declared policy of the United Nations.]


My Lords, I have been asked to reply. The qualifications required in officers of the Naval Intelligence Division who give lectures on security are principally an appreciation of the paramount importance of safeguarding information likely to be of value to the enemy, and an ability to impress on their audiences the necessity of observing discretion in word and deed in all matters relating to the prosecution of the war. With regard to the last part of the question, an arrangement has recently been made by which these officers maintain contact with the Home Office, in order that any statement which they make may not be inconsistent with the home policy of His Majesty's Government.


My Lords, may I take it that in that case strongly Anti-Semitic or anti-democratic views would be considered disqualifications?