HC Deb 09 November 1939 vol 353 cc402-3
27. Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Home Secretary the number of British-born subjects detained for more than a fortnight in this country without trial, and the numbers of such persons so detained since the declaration of hostilities, giving the periods in weeks of their detention?

Sir J. Anderson

If, as I presume, the hon. Member is referring to cases of persons detained on security grounds under Regulation 18B of the Defence Regulations, the number of British subjects so detained is 25. As the answer to the second part of the hon. Member's question contains a number of figures I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following are the figures:
Length of Detention. Number. Examined by Advisory Committee. Released. Not lodged objection.
9–10 weeks 10 8* 1
8 weeks 3 3 2
7 weeks 3 3 2
6 weeks 2 2
4 weeks 4 3 2 1
3 weeks 1 1
2 weeks 2 1 1
Total 25 20 6 4
* In addition one case is awaiting hearing, the case of a person interned as a German who has claimed to be a British subject (of dual nationality).