§ 71. Brigadier-General COLVIN
asked the Home Secretary why Otto von Pischof, a naturalised British subject in 1912, who served in the Austro-Hungarian Army for the full period of the War, has now been permitted to return to this country and resume business; and why he should not be prosecuted on a charge of high treason?
§ Mr. SHORTT
Mr. Pischof returned to this country in order to be present at the inquiry into his case which has been held by the Certificates of Naturalisation (Revocation) Committee. There is no power to refuse a British subject, whether naturalised or natural-born, leave to land in this country. The action to be taken as a result of the Report is now under consideration. The Report of the Committee indicates that, if charged with treason, he would have a good defence.
§ Brigadier-General COLVIN
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware the Committee were considering this case in March last? When are they likely to decide?