German Agents' Leaflets.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 2nd November 1939.

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Photo of Mr William Dobbie Mr William Dobbie , Rotherham

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the fact that German agents are sending out leaflets by post from neutral countries accusing this country of supplying Poland with gas shells, giving on such leaflets the names of British citizens who were members of a disbanded pro-German organisation in this country; whether copies of any such leaflets have been considered by him; and what action he intends to take in the matter?

Photo of Sir John Anderson Sir John Anderson , Combined Scottish Universities

I have seen a specimen of a leaflet of the kind described, which appears to have been sent through the post from a neutral country. Such oversight as the postal censorship can exercise over incoming mail must, of course, be secondary to their more important duty of censoring mails going out of the country; but I am considering, in consultation with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War what steps can be taken to prevent such propaganda being sent into this country from abroad.

Photo of Mr William Dobbie Mr William Dobbie , Rotherham

Will the Minister report to the House the decision which has been arrived at after consideration?

Photo of Sir John Anderson Sir John Anderson , Combined Scottish Universities

Perhaps the question can be put down later on.

Photo of Mr Thomas Kennedy Mr Thomas Kennedy , Kirkcaldy District of Burghs

May we be given the name of the disbanded pro-German organisation?

Photo of Sir John Anderson Sir John Anderson , Combined Scottish Universities

I am afraid I cannot answer that particular question; I do not know.