HC Deb 23 November 1920 vol 135 cc211-2
31. Mr. CAPE

asked the Home Secretary if he will inquire into the case of Samuel Levitt, who was brought up at the Thames Police Court on Monday, 27th September, 1920, for failing to register as an alien and not being in possession of an indentity book; and whether, in view of the influential petition from the Tottenham Hebrew congregation which has been laid before him, and the fact that this young man was not under any obligation to register as an alien, seeing that he is still liable for service in His Majesty's forces, he will order his release from Brixton Prison and allow him to surrender to his unit to be dealt with by the military authorities?


I am inquiring into the case and consulting the War Office with regard to the position of Levitt, who has been a deserter from the Army for more than two years, but until my inquiries are completed, I cannot accept the view that the prisoner was under no obligation to register and set aside the magistrate's order for his detention in custody.