HC Deb 15 February 1915 vol 69 c878

I should like, Mr. Speaker, to make a personal statement. On 26th November, 1914, I made the following statement in this House: "Mr. Hatje, of the Station Hotel, Wick, who is naturalised, was suspected of harbouring German spies, and declined to allow his premises to be searched by the police without a warrant." I made this as a bonâ fide statement based on conversations with several people. Before making the statement I took the precaution of asking these people to commit the facts to writing. Owing to the dispersal of those, several of whom were Danes, who gave me the information, it has taken me some time to find out whether the information was correct. I now find that the information given me contains no proof that it was correct, and it is right that I should express my regret and tender my apology to this House and to Mr. Hatje that I should unintentionally have made statements that are not justified by proof.

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