§ 45. Mr. JOYNSON-HICKS
asked the Prime Minister (1) what, if any, action has been taken to clear out of Government offices the officials of enemy origin who are not mentioned in the second schedule to the Report of Lord Justice Bankes' Committee;
(2) What action he proposes to take after Peace is declared regarding Gov- 23 ernment officials of enemy origin who may have been suspended from duty during the War?
§ Mr. BONAR LAW (Leader of the House)
A Committee of the Cabinet have submitted a recommendation on this subject, but it has not yet been possible to consider it in the Cabinet, and, owing to pressure of work, I am afraid that it cannot be considered this week. I shall be obliged, therefore, if my hon. Friend will put down his questions on Wednesday or Thursday of next week.
§ Sir R. COOPER
Has not the Government already pledged itself—in July last year—to remove these people? Is it not the case that they have not done so?
§ Mr. BONAR LAW
No; we were then dealing with the Report of Mr. Justice Bankes, which related to conditions during the War.
§ Mr. JOYNSON-HICKS
Would it not be a good plan to follow the Prime Minister's policy last year in regard to aliens, and appoint a small Committee of Members of this House to help the Government make up its mind?