HC Deb 01 August 1918 vol 109 cc603-4
39. Mr. KING

asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that various Irish prisoners, including Francis Magennis, Joseph M'Donagh, and Professor O'Neill, have been released from Belfast Gaol on the conclusion of their sentences, and while they and their friends expected their freedom, and friends came to met them, they have been immediately arrested under a deportation order and taken to England; and whether, in future, should such cases arise, the prisoners may be informed previously, and so obviate the expense and provocation caused by friends coming to meet them, but only to see them deported without trial?


The facts are as stated in the first part of the question. I am not aware that the relatives of the persons referred to incurred expense in coming to meet these prisoners on their anticipated discharge from Belfast Prison. In order to avoid demonstration, it is advisable that deportations and internments should be carried out without publicity.


Could that not be done by carrying them out at an unexpected time, and not at a time when it is expected that the people will be there and friends will come?


I will consider any suggestion which my hon. Friend makes.