Oral Answers to Questions — Security

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th July 1963.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Lewis Mr Arthur Lewis , West Ham North 12:00 am, 16th July 1963

asked the Prime Minister on what date some three years ago representations were made to him officially by the hon. and gallant Member for Harrow, East (Commander Courtney) and other hon. Members about the state of security services; and whether he ordered an investigation.

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Bromley

I see many of my hon. Friends who talk to me about many matters, but I do not regard these meetings as official occasions.

Photo of Mr Arthur Lewis Mr Arthur Lewis , West Ham North

Is the Prime Minister aware that it has been reported that the hon. Members in question are alleged to have said that they gave evidence to the Prime Minister of a failing in the Government's security services and that he took no action? Can he confirm or deny the statements which have been made?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Bromley

No, Sir. My hon. Friend made a passing reference to a discussion, but if we are not to be allowed to have private discussions in this House it will become impossible to carry on our lives.

Photo of Mr Arthur Lewis Mr Arthur Lewis , West Ham North

asked the Prime Minister if he has studied the evidence sent to him by the hon. Member for West Ham, North, in regard to the security risks attending the activities in this country of a Czechoslovakian friend of Ivanov; and if he will cause inquiries to be made.

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Bromley

I have referred the Press cutting which the hon. Member sent me to the appropriate authorities.

Photo of Mr Arthur Lewis Mr Arthur Lewis , West Ham North

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether, in addition to the Press cutting, he has made any investigations, because it has been reported that the lady in question has been in the habit of giving dubious parties at which very many prominent people have been in attendance? Has he investigated that and sent all the evidence in his possession to Lord Denning?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Bromley

I think that all these matters are under investigation.