Mr Tom Driberg: Will the hon. and learned Gentleman bear in mind that it is as necessary not to be caught unprepared by the end of the war in this as in other matters, and that the difference of even a few weeks in getting home will mean a lot to these men after their long and wearisome ordeal?
Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the impending call-up of pipe-fitters under 30 years of age is likely to impede essential production; and whether he will take steps to ensure that workers in this category will not be called up while there is urgent skilled work for them to do in the shipbuilding and other war industries?
Mr Tom Driberg: Will the right hon. Gentleman consider deferring these men beyond the end of March in districts where there do not appear to be any pipe-fitters over 30, and where they are needed for essential war work?
Mr Tom Driberg: Does the last part of the answer of the right hon. Gentleman mean, broadly speaking, compulsory part-time work for the majority of married women?
Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that members of the Auxiliary Territorial Service serving at a camp, the location of which has been communicated to him, have been compelled to work with pick and shovel in road-making and perform other irregular duties; that they are quartered in damp, leaky huts; that even those of them who are engaged in kitchen and office duties...
Mr Tom Driberg: It was some weeks after the incident which we are now considering that I put down a Question to the right hon. Gentleman asking how many copies of this particular A.B.C.A. Bulletin had not been returned. He was unable to give me an answer, saying they were still coming in. A week later I asked him again, and again no answer was forthcoming from the War Office, because the returns were not...
Mr Tom Driberg: The present week's A.B.C.A. Bulletin deals with the political and economic situation in North Africa. Have His Majesty's Government a policy on that?
Mr Tom Driberg: Who is not here to-day.
Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Secretary of State for Air the reason for the posting from Canada to England of Group-Captain C. H. Keith; and why this officer has been, or is shortly to be, retired?
Mr Tom Driberg: Is it not a fact that this officer was brought back from Canada after serving eight months, although it had been laid down that he should serve not less than 18 months, and that he was given the highest tributes, officially and unofficially, for his efficiency?
Mr Tom Driberg: Is it not more deplorable that they should be treated unjustly?
Mr Tom Driberg: asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that an organisation which advocates peace by negotiation with Hitler and distributes pro-Nazi, anti-parliamentary and anti-Semitic propaganda, is proposing to hold a public meeting at a London theatre in the near future; and whether he will take steps to prevent the holding of such a meeting as likely to provoke a breach of the peace?
Mr Tom Driberg: Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that only last night there was a deplorable exhibition of hooliganism at Finsbury, where the memorial of Lenin was broken up and tarred and placarded with Fascist slogans? Will he bear in mind that these people do seem to be getting rather uppish again and require a sharp check?
Mr Tom Driberg: Well, they show what side they are on?
Mr Tom Driberg: Do the Regional Commissioners consider the present arrangement satisfactory?
Mr Tom Driberg: I intervene with some diffidence because I had no idea that this matter was coming up to-day. I therefore have not with me the documents with which I could substantiate what I want to say. I simply do not want it to go out from here that any substantial portion of this House or of the community at large is seriously perturbed about the administration of 18B. Those of us who support the Home...
Mr Tom Driberg: We are talking about whether they got protection, and I, am saying that I do agree that it must have been an extremely unpleasant situation for them during the blitz, but again I must remind hon. Members that the main part of them were people who would probably have gladly led the Nazi authors of the blitz in triumph into this City of London. We have heard harrowing comparisons between...
Mr Tom Driberg: Not at all. I can substantiate it by reference to their views. I do not say that all these people were guilty of actual treason to the extent of selling information to the enemy, or something of that sort, but they are people of specifically Nazi and Fascist sympathies, and, therefore, I am entitled to say that they would probably have led the Nazi authors of the blitz in triumph into this...
Mr Tom Driberg: Is the hon. Member suggesting that they have purged their offences by the passage of time, because if so, I cannot say that I entirely agree?
Mr Tom Driberg: Again, with all respect to the honourable and distinguished records in the last war of these detainees, I submit that that is quite irrelevant, because people who served with honour in the last war may well have gone wrong afterwards in one way or another. If we are talking about the records of people, Sir Barry Domvile gave distinguished service in the last war, no doubt, but in the period...