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Security (Services And Government Departments)

Volume 640: debated on Thursday 11 May 1961

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asked the Prime Minister whether he will inform the House of the special security steps which were taken by Her Majesty's Government after the end of the war to ensure that known Communists who had been recruited into British service during the war were not retained in posts either in Government Departments or in Service appointments where information of a secret nature could be obtained.

The purpose and efficiency of these measures would be frustrated if they were disclosed in detail. The procedures have, however, been progressively strengthened—in 1948, 1952 and 1956.

On a point of order. Mr. Speaker, can I reserve my supplementary question until after the Prime Minister has made the statement at the end of Questions?

Is the Prime Minister aware that the trouble in the Foreign Office does not seem to be the known Communists there but the respectable Tories and Liberals who in the process of studying Communism become Communists? What does he intend to do about it?

Perhaps the hon. Gentleman would help in counter-indoctrination.