HC Deb 29 October 1918 vol 110 cc1275-6
30. Sir F. HALL

asked the Home Secretary whether Herr August Siegel, the German agent who has been employed in the Scottish coal mines, is now at large or whether he has been interned; if the question of his repatriation has been considered; and, if so, what, decision has been arrived at?


The enemy alien referred to has been recommended for repatriation by the Scottish Advisory Committee and would have left with the last repatriation party from Scotland but for the fact that he was ill and unable to travel. He is now fit to move, and will be repatriated by the next available boat. I may add that no evidence has been laid before me which would indicate that the man is a German agent.


May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if he has studied carefully the statement and the speeches that have been made by this truly British subject Mr. Siegel, and that under the circumstances—if he has looked into this—does he find the state of things is likely to lead to efficiency of work in the Scottish mines, and has his repatriation taken place in consequence of his—


Order! Order! Speech!