§ 14. Mr. R. MCNEILL
asked the Home Secretary how many alien enemies and how many persons of hostile origin or association have been interned or repatriated during the past week; and how many alien enemies now remain unin-terned in the United Kingdom?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir J. Simon)
I have given the hon. Member figures on 1151 this matter on the 5th and on the 12th. I do not think I should be justified in collecting the figures afresh every week. The frequent preparation of statistics takes up time which ought to be available for carrying out the policy of internment and repatriation.
§ Mr. McNEILL
Will the right hon. Gentleman be willing to make a statement on the subject before the House adjourns?
§ Sir J. SIMON
I presume the hon. Member is referring to alien enemies. I stated the numbers as they stood on the 10th June. Until the measures now being pressed forward for the internment or repatriation of alien enemies are complete, I do not think I should be justified in taking up the time of the police by asking for a fresh count. I will get the figures before the House rises.