Black market made pounds 10m for government
Friday 25 June 1993
In a document released by the Public Records Office yesterday, Lord Selborne, the Minister for Economic Warfare, told the Prime Minister that 'during 1944, SOE can claim to have been run at a large profit to HMG - a rare achievement in any government department'.
Files on view at Kew also reveal rivalry between the SOE and the Secret Intelligence Service under the legendary 'C', Sir Stewart Menzies. Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister, considered appointing a High Court judge as a 'permanent conciliator' between the two clandestine organisations which sent agents behind enemy lines. The sniping continued into 1944, when the Germans' penetration of the SOE network in the Netherlands was used as a pretext to prise SOE out of Lord Selborne's control and bring it under military command.
- 1 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 4 Tennis fan suing Australian Open organisers for 'failing to shade spectators' during Murray match
- 5 This crazy skiing video will leave you feeling queasy
Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
Mother of newborn Baby No 59 trapped in sewer pipe told Chinese police she 'heard crying' when she raised alarm
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
AirAsia QZ8501: Black box reveals warning alarms 'screamed' before crash, as more bodies recovered from near fuselage of jet
Rob Lowe hits out at White House decision not to meet Israeli leader
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Excellent Salary : Austen Lloyd: OXFORD - REGIONAL FIRM - An excellent opportu...
Super Package: Austen Lloyd: BRISTOL - SENIOR CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE - An outstan...
£15000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Fantastic opportunities are ava...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Compute Engineer is required to join a globa...