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Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 1 June 1949

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asked the Minister of Defence how many officers, noncommissioned officers and men have been discharged from His Majesty's Forces because they were Communists or of Communist sympathies.

Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that there are no Communists among the brigadiers?

May I ask the Minister if in view of the statement made by General Ivor Thomas to the Yorkshire Fusiliers——

No statement by a General comes into this matter. The Minister's answer was "None."

With regard to Communists in the Forces, the General has informed the Yorkshire Fusiliers that they are going to Hong Kong to fight against Communists. Will he not make arrangements to free Communists and Communist sympathisers from having to take part?