HC Deb 06 July 1916 vol 83 cc1647-8
11. Mr. R. McNEILL

asked the Home Secretary whether he has yet considered the question of discriminating in the matter of identity books issued to registered aliens between neutral aliens and allied aliens; and if he will now provide a special form of identity book for issue to aliens of allied nationality who may be personally known to the authorities as completely trustworthy?


The hon. Member is, I think, under a misapprehension as to the nature of an identity book. The very object of the book is to discriminate by the description it contains between one person and another. The alien of allied nationality is shown by the contents of his book to be of that nationality, and provision is made in the book for the insertion of all useful particulars.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that under the system prevailing at present distinguished gentlemen who are perfectly trustworthy have received very undesirable treatment; and has his attention been called to the treatment of M. Alexandre Livenntaal, who was arrested at Brighton and taken to Lewes?


I think that gentleman was a British subject.

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