"daily Worker."

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 9th October 1941.

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

asked the Home Secretary whether he has considered the resolution of the Pathhead and Sinclair-town Co-operative Society, a copy of which has been sent to him, asking that the ban prohibiting the publication of the "Daily Worker" be lifted in view of the declared support of that paper to the policy of British-Soviet unity in international affairs; and what answer he has made?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

This resolution and others were duly considered, and have been answered by the statements which I have made in Parliament.

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

Is the Minister aware that resolutions of a similar nature have been sent to him by very large and important industrial organisations; and is it not time that a decision was arrived at more consistent with the dignity and well-being of the nation?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

All representations are considered and given their proper weight, but I must make it clear that, in the end, I am responsible to the House of Commons.

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

Is not that the best reason for raising the matter once more in the House of Commons?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Is it assumed that a paper, disloyal once, is to be considered disloyal for ever?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I have never made any such declaration. I do not know why my hon. Friend should make such an accusation.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Is this not a perpetual ban by the right hon. Gentleman?