§ 22. Mr. KING
asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the case of Mr. Roper, of Seaford, Sussex, who was fined £25 by the county bench for having failed to notify to the police that a Dutch tutor taught in his school; whether he is aware that the offence was of a technical nature and that Mr. Roper has two sons serving in the Army; and whether he will secure some mitigation of Mr. Roper's fine?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir J. Simon)
I have made inquiry into this case, and wish to make it plain that there is no question of Mr. Roper's loyalty and good faith; but it is necessary to enforce strictly the law as to aliens, especially in sea coast towns, and I regret that I can find no sufficient ground for recommending any interference with the sentence.
§ Sir J. SIMON
I am aware that many in the past have not realised that idea, but I hope that this will help them to do so in the future.