Oral Answers to Questions — Freemasonry

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th April 1951.

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Photo of Mr Fred Longden Mr Fred Longden , Birmingham Small Heath 12:00 am, 11th April 1951

asked the Prime Minister whether, in the interests of all sides, he will move for the appointment of a Royal Commission to inquire into the effects of Freemasonry on the political, religious, social and administrative life of the country.

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Lewisham South

I have been asked to reply. No, Sir. This is not a matter for which the Government are responsible, and my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister does not think that an inquiry of this kind would be appropriate.

Photo of Mr Fred Longden Mr Fred Longden , Birmingham Small Heath

As I have received a large number of letters on this question might it not be good for freemasons themselves if, apart altogether from their rites and ceremonies, the suspicions and accusations concerning their influence on personal appointments and interference with our constitutional institutions were brought to the light of day?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Lewisham South

I understand the point made by my hon. Friend, but I really think we have enough trouble without starting any more.

Photo of Sir Gerald Nabarro Sir Gerald Nabarro , Kidderminster

Would not such an inquiry be an infringement of human liberties?