HC Deb 14 April 1927 vol 205 cc526-8
3. Major CARVER

asked the Home Secretary what extradition arrangements he is making in the case of Lord Terrington; and will he endeavour to expedite the necessary proceedings for extradition?

Captain KING

I understand that the proceedings are delayed by the state of Lord Terrington's health. My right hon. Friend can do nothing to expedite matters.


May I ask whether the hon. and gallant Gentleman is aware that very large sums of money indeed are involved belonging to constituents of mine, and whether he will see that this Peer's position does not protect him in any way from arrest?

Captain KING

I am not dealing with the merits of the case; I am merely stating that my right hon. Friend has no power to expedite matters.

Lieut.-Colonel LAMBERT WARD

Would it not be possible to send an English doctor over to examine the condition of this Peer, as there appears to be such a marked difference of opinion among Continental doctors as to his condition?

Captain KING

The question is one between Lord Terrington and the French courts.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Is it not a fact that this Peer was actually going on board a steamer to return to England when he was apprehended by the French authorities, and in these circumstances could not something be done to waive the Regulations, and have him brought over here, as apparently was his own wish?

Captain KING

I rather think that, if Lord Terrington is fit to come to England, he will also be fit to travel to Douai.


Does the Financial Secretary think there is some collusion in this matter to keep him away?

Captain KING

I think not. Not in this country.


Is the hon. and gallant Member aware that there is an impression abroad, probably unfounded, that this Peer's position is protecting him against the law; that it is different from what would happen if it were the case of a working person.

Captain KING

I have already replied that the question is under the French law. We have no power in the matter.