HC Deb 09 June 1915 vol 72 c256

asked the Home Secretary whether any persons of alien nationality or alien extraction who, since the beginning of the War, have been sentenced to terms of imprisonment have been released on expiration of their sentences without being thereupon interned; if so, why such persons are allowed to be at large; and whether in future all such persons will be immediately interned on the expiration of their sentences?


The rule in the past has been that, before a prisoner of enemy nationality was released, his case should be considered on its merits by the proper authority, and in the great majority of cases the prisoner has been interned. The number so interned after conviction for offences under the Aliens Restriction Act is about 450. In future, as the hon. Member is aware, all alien enemies of military age will be interned except those exempted on the recommendation of the Advisory Committee.