HC Deb 11 June 1942 vol 380 c1254W
Mr. Gallacher

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to the visit made by police officers to the landlady of a Post Office engineer who was participating in the work of an Anglo-Soviet committee in Huntingdon; that the police officers made inquiry of the landlady about the political views of this Post Office engineer and another boarder, after which they asked the landlady not to mention their visit; and whether he will take steps to put an end to this infringement of the rights of the citizen on the part of the police?

Mr. H. Morrison

I understand that the hon. Member's Question relates to a matter about which he wrote to me some weeks ago, and as I have already informed him I am satisfied that the police inquiries were both necessary and proper. The police were investigating a specific matter which had no connection whatever with the work of the Anglo-Soviet Committee, and these inquiries were not directed to ascertaining the political views of the individual mentioned.