§ 75. Sir William Davison
asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that the Communist party has large funds placed at its disposal from abroad, as to which no accounts are published, which are used for subversive propaganda and for the publication of leaflets and other printed matter with the object of hindering the national war effort; and can he now say when the proposed new regulations for dealing with such bodies will come into operation?
§ The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Peake)
As to the first part of the Question, I would refer to the reply given on 2nd May to my hon. Friend the Member for Gillingham (Sir R. Gower). As regards the second part of the Question, my right hon. Friend hopes to make a statement on Thursday.
§ Sir W. Davison
Is the Home Secretary aware that leaflets advocating the making of peace with Germany and closer relationship between this country and Russia are still being left daily in letter boxes in my constituency, and that a large number of citizens do not understand why the Government tolerate this attack on the war effort of the nation?
§ Mr. Thorne
Is the Minister aware that if such leaflets are put into my letter-box, they make no impression whatever on my mind?
§ Mr. Gallacher
Is the Minister not aware that there is not a word of truth 1048 in this assertion, and that some of the most bitter opponents of the Communist party absolutely failed to produce a tittle of evidence in the High Court last week—[Interruption.]
§ Sir W. Davison
In view of the fact that the House has been informed that my statement was untrue, might I ask whether the Home Secretary is aware that I have sent leaflets to the Home Office which had been left at houses in my constituency, and which bore the printer's mark, "Issued by direction of the Communist party"?
§ Mr. Hammersley
asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that a Communist loud-speaker van tours the Willesden area endeavouring to obstruct the national war effort as much as possible with anti-war slogans; and whether he will instruct the police to prevent this subversive activity?