HC Deb 01 August 1918 vol 109 cc597-8
20. Mr. KING

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he is aware that orders made by him on 17th May for the internment of certain persons in Ireland definitely specified Frongoch as the place of internment, and that none of these persons were taken to Frongoch; whether the offer then made to the interned persons of appeal to the advisory committee was met in several cases by requests to consult a solicitor before drawing up a statement of appeal, which request to see a solicitor was denied in all eases or deferred till the time for appeal was past; whether he has regularised these matters by subsequent action; if so, what action was taken; and whether he will now renew the offer to have cases referred to the advisory committee, so as to meet the sense of injustice felt by interned persons and their friends?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. I am not aware of any case in which an application was made by an internee for permission to consult his solicitor with a view to drawing up a statement of appeal and in which the application was refused. I will consider any application from an interned person for further leave to appeal.