Fascist and Communist Funds (Foreign Subsidies).

Oral Answers to Questions — Industrial Diseases. – in the House of Commons on 12th November 1936.

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Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

asked the Horne Secretary whether his Department keep any check upon sums of money which are sent from abroad to the British Union of Fascists and National Socialists; and, if so, whether he can give any indication of the amount and origin of foreign subsidies to Fascist propaganda and organisation in Great Britain?

Photo of Mr John Simon Mr John Simon , Spen Valley

I cannot make a detailed statement, but information has reached me which goes to show that, both in the case of Fascist and Communist organisations, their funds have been supplemented from abroad.

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

I did not ask about the Communists. We have heard that so often. I gather from the Home Secretary that his Department has definite knowledge that money is being received in this country by the Fascists; may I ask what steps are being taken to try to stop that practice?

Photo of Mr John Simon Mr John Simon , Spen Valley

I have nothing to add to my answer, but the hon. Gentleman may take it that what I have stated applied to Communists as well as Fascists.

Photo of Mr James Griffiths Mr James Griffiths , Llanelly

Would the right hon. Gentleman be prepared to supply us with the details in both cases?

Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

Would the right hon. Gentleman say whether such moneys would be returned to the contributors under the Bill which he is introducing?

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

The hon. Gentleman must wait for the Bill.