§ 78. Mr. LEES-SMITH
asked the Home Secretary whether, in recent cases at Eastbourne and Newport Pagnell, women charged under Regulation 40D of the Defence of the Realm Act with having sexual intercourse with a soldier while having venereal disease have had their names and addresses published while the name of the, infected soldier has been withheld; and, if so, whether he will give instructions that either the names of both the man and the woman be published or both kept private?
§ Mr. BRACE
I am informed that both at Eastbourne and Newport Pagnell the soldiers concerned went into the witness-box, and gave their names in the usual way. I do not know whether their names and those of the defendants were published in the Press or not. In any case, the Home Office has no authority either to compel or to prevent the publication of the names of defendants and witnesses.
§ 79. Mr. LEES-SMITH
asked the Horn© Secretary whether he will issue instructions that women charged under the new Regulation 40D of the Defence of the Realm Act shall in all cases be informed that there is no power to compel them to submit to a medical examination against their will?
§ Mr. LEES-SMITH
Cannot the Home Secretary give instructions to the chief constables, and is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in all these cases the women only submit to this examination, because they think it is compulsory, and that throughout the country this Regulation is being worked simply by trading on the ignorance of these women?
§ Mr. LEES-SMITH
Have instructions been issued to chief constables in connection with the Regulation to tell the women of their rights under the law?