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United States Embassy (Nuclear Disarmament Pamphlet)

Volume 643: debated on Wednesday 5 July 1961

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he is aware of the action of the United States Embassy in London in assisting, by the loan of an addressing machine and lists of names and addresses of British citizens, in the distribution of a pamphlet on nuclear disarmament, with a covering note attacking the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament; and what steps he is taking to prevent such interference in British domestic politics by the representatives of a foreign Power.

The hon. Member's Question was the first intimation I had had of this. I have made inquiries of the United States Embassy and have been assured that when it assisted the British Atlantic Committee, in the manner indicated, to distribute its pamphlet on nuclear disarmament, it had no intention whatever of interfering in British domestic politics. I also understand that the covering note to the pamphlet was not issued with all copies distributed but was only sent to some thirty publications chosen by the British Atlantic Committee.