William Joyce (German Broadcasts).

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance. – in the House of Commons on 3rd February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson , Birmingham Handsworth

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that a person named William Joyce, a British subject, interned in enemy territory and employed by the German broadcasting authorities, is in receipt of £10 per month from the British Government; and whether he will take steps to stop such payments to Joyce and like traitors forthwith?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

No, Sir. According to my information, no payments have been made from public funds to any British subject in Germany bearing this name.

Photo of Mr Jack Lawson Mr Jack Lawson , Chester-le-Street

On a point of Order. May I draw your attention, Mr. Speaker, to the fact that this Question has received considerable notice in the Press and has given rise to some comment? When Questions of this importance are put down, could you not do anything to require the attendance of the Member responsible in order that the Question may be properly dealt with?

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

That is not a duty which ought to be put upon me. The old rule must apply that the Member must be responsible for the accuracy of facts stated in a Question.

Photo of Mr George Garro-Jones Mr George Garro-Jones , Aberdeen North

In a case where considerable harm has been done, is it not open to the Member who has put down the Question to make a personal statement in regard to the sources of his information?

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

That is not a question which I can decide.