HC Deb 04 July 1940 vol 362 cc1010-1W
Sir R. Clarry

asked the Home Secretary whether, with the object of discouraging potential traitors and fifth columnists when a Nazi invasion arrives, he will consider enforcing the death penalty or immediate deportation of any proved participant in a Nazi conspiracy, irrespective of the individual's nationality, military or social standing, as prompt and drastic action now by his Department will save many innocent British lives?

Sir J. Anderson

Any person proved to have participated in a Nazi conspiracy against the security of this country would be guilty of an offence under the Treachery Act and liable on conviction to suffer the death penalty. My hon. Friend may rest assured that I, for my part, should not be deterred by any such considerations as he mentions from taking immediate action, under the powers with which I have been entrusted, to defeat any such conspiracy.