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Peace Organisation (Document)

Volume 389: debated on Thursday 20 May 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the pronouncement by a peace organisation, of which a copy has been sent to him, suggesting that there should be no second front before a further definition is made of peace aims; and whether he will consider taking action against those whose aim is the subversion of the war effort?

Whatever view may be taken as to the wisdom or unwisdom of this document, my hon. Friend's description of it does not appear to be accurate. I have read it, and I do not think it is either likely or intended to have any harmful effect on the war effort, and I can find no ground for action on my part.

Is it not very unfortunate that this sort of statement should be made just now?

I am not concerned to defend the document at all, but I am rather doubtful whether the hon. Gentleman has read it himself. I think it hardly bears out the description he has given.