Oral Answers to Questions — Detainees (Release Conditions)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th November 1944.

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Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon 12:00 am, 16th November 1944

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the conditions imposed on those 18B detainees who have been released conditionally include the requirement that they shall abstain from spreading Fascist and anti-Semitic propaganda; if any action has been taken against persons guilty of breaches of such conditions; and if action is taken against persons released unconditionally if they persistently spread Fascist and anti-Semitic propaganda or take part in the activities of Fascist or other disloyal organisations.

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

The conditions which I am empowered to impose on a person released from detention are prescribed by paragraph (2) of Regulation 18B, and they do not include conditions designed to restrict propaganda. Propaganda which takes the form of conduct calculated to provoke breaches of the peace can be dealt with under the ordinary criminal law. That law is of general application applying alike to all individuals and to all sections of the community.

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

Can the right hon. Gentleman say anything with regard to recent happenings in Hyde Park, on Sundays?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

That is not the Question on the Paper.

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

But it arises, and I am entitled to ask it?

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

May I ask my right hon. Friend whether the anti-Semite is not, automatically, the enemy of England and the friend of Hitler?