HC Deb 07 June 1917 vol 94 cc317-8
40. Mr. KING

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that a respectable qualified and registered medical practitioner in the North-Western district of London has been warned that unless he leaves this country at once he will be deported; that this gentleman, who has been in his present practice five years, has no idea of any reason to warrant his deportation, and on requesting the grounds for this threat has only been abused by an official at Scotland Yard; whether he has personally considered the allegations against this doctor; whether he will allow him to know his accusers and the grounds of his threatened deportation; and whether he will allow some appeal, in this and similar cases, to the Advisory Committee over which Mr. Justice Younger presides?


I fear that the hon. Member is not fully informed as to the character of the person to whom he refers. I am satisfied that the action which has been taken in his case is justified, that no reliance can be placed on his statements, and that he is well aware of the grounds on which his presence in this country is considered undesirable. I see no reason to adopt the suggestion made in the last part of the question.


In view of the interests of his patients, will some warning be given to this person so that he may make arrangements that his patients may have proper attention when he is deported, or is it the intention to deport him suddenly and without warning?


No; I think the interests of this country are paramount over the interests of his patients.