HC Deb 13 August 1947 vol 441 cc256-7W
Mr. Orbach

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give information about the recent outbreaks in several towns of anti-Semitic feeling manifested in damage to property.

Mr. Ede

During the first week of August a number of shop windows were broken in some of the larger provincial cities. Most of these shops were occupied by Jewish tradesmen, but many were not. The damage was mostly done after dark by young people in groups of two or three, some of them not quite sober. In some places the noise of breaking glass caused crowds to gather, but there was no attempt to incite mob activities and it is clear that there was no organised movement. A number of persons have been prosecuted and convicted on charges arising out of these incidents. It would be a mistake to regard these regrettable incidents, which were the work of a few disorderly persons seeking an excuse for hooliganism, as any indication of public feeling.