HC Deb 05 July 1937 vol 326 c28
52. Mr. V. Adams

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will review the sentence of six months hard labour, for failing to report as an alien, passed at Reading, on or about 31st May, on Hugo Nathan, aged 54, a German Jew and fugitive from the Nazi terror?

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Sir Samuel Hoare)

The sentence imposed on this person was imprisonment for six weeks, not six months. He arrived in this country on 11th December last and was allowed to land for a business visit of nine days. He failed to leave within the period authorised, and after his case had been carefully investigated was given a final warning in January that he must leave within a week. Instead of doing so he disappeared and it was not until 22nd May that he was found by the police at Reading. I see no ground for advising any remission of sentence.

Mr. Adams

Will the Secretary of State accept my regret for the unfortunate mistake I made?