Subversive Literature.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 16th July 1942.

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Photo of Sir John Crowder Sir John Crowder , Finchley

asked the Home Secretary what action he proposes to take regarding the distribution of subversive literature among Yorkshire miners by young men between the ages of 25 and 30 who are being paid £10 a week to distribute this literature?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

Such information as is available to me does not suggest that men are being paid £10 a week to distribute the literature to which my hon. Friend refers, or that this literature has any appreciable influence in the mining industry or elsewhere, but I am making some further inquiries in the matter.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Will the right hon. Gentleman inquire in particular of the gentleman who made this statement and ask him to produce the specific evidence upon which he based his statement?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

Yes, Sir. I have given instructions that suitable inquiries should be made, and I shall be very glad of any help that Mr. Hall can give me.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

While the Minister is making inquiries about the possible bad effect of these activities, will he also consider what would be the good effect which could be produced by the "Daily Worker"?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I would ask my hon. Friend not to be too keen upon suppressions. This organisation is only pursuing much the same political policy as he and his own political friends pursued before the Soviet Union was attacked.