HC Deb 01 August 1916 vol 85 cc31-2

asked whether a German named E. Dieckmann, a blouse manufacturer, of Gresham Street, now interned at the Alexandra Palace, has been permitted for the last twelve months to carry on business by an English manager; and whether he is still permitted to see his accountant and sign cheques once a week?


I am informed that the case of Dieckmann has been referred to the Advisory Committee appointed by the Board of Trade in connection with the Trading With the Enemy Acts in order that it may be considered whether Section 1 of the Trading With the Enemy Act, 1916, comes into question. In reply to the latter part of the question, Dieckmann's business is being wound-up, and in this connection extra visits and interviews have been permitted and Dieckmann has been allowed to draw cheques.


Will the hon. Gentleman kindly answer the last part of the question—whether this man has been allowed to carry on business from the internment camp for the last twelve months, and, if so, why?