HC Deb 10 July 1934 vol 292 cc167-8
24. Mr. LAWSON

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that William Hacker, who was sentenced to prison on 4th July by the South Shields magistrates, claims to be a representative in this country of Hitler; if he can state when permission was granted to him to remain in this country; and if, after serving his sentence, this man will be allowed to remain in this country, where be has persistently made himself obnoxious, or whether he will be deported?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir John Gilmour)

The case of William Hacker has been under review on several occasions. I am aware that he made this claim recently, but I am reliably informed that there is no foundation for the claim, which is entirely discredited by his previous history. He arrived in this country originally as a stowaway on the 1st May, 1933, when he stated that he was trying to get to Morocco: he was removed by the shipping company, but in November last he was re-arrested for entering the country illegally by some means not ascertained. He was convicted and recommended for deportation, but all attempts to establish his national status have failed, and it has proved impracticable to enforce his deportation.


Do I understand that when this man comes out of prison, although he has been before the bench on several occasions for breaches of the peace, he will be allowed to remain in this country? Is he a naturalized subject?


Under the Aliens Law it must be established that he belongs to some other country before action can be taken.