Oral Answers to Questions — Assaults on Jews (London).

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th May 1937.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West 12:00 am, 6th May 1937

asked the Home Secretary how many reports he has received during the last three months concerning attacks on Jews and Jewish property in the Metropolitan area; and what action he has taken?

Photo of Mr John Simon Mr John Simon , Spen Valley

Four reports have reached me from the Commissioner of Police during the period in question, of cases of assaults on Jews and attacks on Jewish property. No one, I am glad to say, has been seriously injured and the damage to property was of a minor description. It is, of course, not possible for the police to ensure that no instances of disorders will occur, but every effort is made to afford protection for peaceful citizens. In particular the Commissioner states that large reinforcements of police have been drafted into the area affected on every occasion when there appeared probability of disorder, and have been employed in policing meetings and processions and patrolling the area generally both in cars and on foot.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman, has any action been taken regarding one particular building owned by members of the Jewish faith that was attacked and had its windows broken some two or three weeks ago?

Photo of Mr John Simon Mr John Simon , Spen Valley

I think the hon. Gentleman is referring to a case in Leyton. I have heard of it indirectly, but I have not read any official report about it yet.