HC Deb 23 March 1937 vol 321 cc2758-9
Mr. Thurtle

On a point of Order, Mr. Speaker. In view of the fact that Question Time has not yet elapsed, may I have permission to put the Private Notice Question, of which I gave you notice earlier, to the Home Secretary?

Mr. Speaker

Yes, the hon. Member may put his question.

Mr. Thurtle

(by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the case of Mr. Alfred Henry Lane, of Falkirk Street, Shoreditch, who was yesterday charged at Old Street Police Court with being a suspected person; whether he is aware that the magistrate, in dismissing the charge, referred to Mr. Lane as a man of irreproachable character, and declared that he did not like the look of the case; and whether he will cause an inquiry to be made into the circumstances which led to the arrest and detention for some hours of this innocent citizen?

Sir J. Simon

I have not, personally, had any notice of this question, but I have gathered its terms from what the hon. Gentleman has said. I shall have no difficulty in giving an answer, and I will gladly do so. I will certainly inquire into the matter.