HC Deb 17 February 1916 vol 80 cc222-3
48. Mr. BARNES

asked the Prime Minister if the handing over of John M'Lean, of Glasgow, who was arrested under a Clause of the Defence of the Realm Act, to the military authorities has been with the knowledge and consent of the Government; can he say if John M'Lean will be given a trial in a Civil Court; and will he, in view of the prevailing unrest in the Glasgow district, have special inquiry made with a view to applying a remedy for it?

67. Mr. HOGGE

asked the Lord Advocate for what offence Mr. John M'Lean, M.A., was handed over to the military authorities; whether he was lodged in Edinburgh Castle; whether he is to have a civil trial; and, if so, why has the decision been altered?


I have been asked to reply to these questions by the Prime Minister, John M'Lean was arrested by the military authorities under Regulation 55 of the Defence of the Realm Regulations, for an offence against Nos. 27 and 42 of these Regulations. He was detained in military custody in Edinburgh Castle in terms of No. 56 of the Regulations, until he claimed in virtue of the same Regulation to be tried by the High Court of Justiciary. He was then handed over to the civil authorities for the purpose of such trial. On application being made for bail, he was released on bail of £100. With regard to the last part of the question by my right hon. Friend, he is aware that a Commission has recently been appointed by the Government for the Clyde area, as well as the Tyne, to deal with some important aspects of the matter referred to.