HC Deb 15 May 1916 vol 82 c1112

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will consider the desirability, in fairness to persons of British extraction, whose names were assumed by persons of German nationality between the outbreak of war and the 12th October, 1914, as for instance in the case of Karl Klosch, who during this period assumed the name of Charles Bathurst, of making the prohibition of such assumption which became operative on the latter date retrospective as from the 4th August, 1914, so that all such piracy during the War may receive like treatment?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Herbert Samuel)

The hon. Member is under a misapprehension. The prohibition to which he refers is already retrospective. Article 25A of the Aliens Restriction Order prohibits both the assumption and the continued use by an alien enemy of a name other than that by which he was ordinarily known before the War. I have no information as to the particular case referred to in the question, but will be glad to make inquiry if the hon. Member can furnish me with details.