HC Deb 26 June 1940 vol 362 cc441-2
27. Mr. Martin

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will do everything possible to bring to an end the practice of interning Jewish refugees with Nazi prisoners of war?

Mr. Law

My hon. Friend is under a misapprehension in thinking that civilian internees are accommodated in the same camps as prisoners of war. As regards the former, it is the policy to segregate Jewish from Nazi enemy aliens. It has not yet been possible to give effect to this policy, but it is proposed to do so as the necessary arrangements can be made.

28. Mr. Mander

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will consider the advisability of dealing with the wives of certain British subjects recently arrested, in the same manner as with their husbands?

The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Peake)

My right hon. Friend has not hesitated to order the detention of wives in cases where he has been satisfied that there were good reasons; but because there are reasons for ordering the detention of the husband it does not in every case follow that there are reasons for ordering the detention of the wife.

Mr. Mander

Is the same publicity given to the internment of the wife as to that of the husband?

Mr. Peake

Exactly the same degree of publicity is given to both, and that is absolutely nil.

Viscountess Astor

In the case of a wife who is as well-known a pro-Nazi as her husband, will she be interned?

Mr. Peake

We shall be only too happy to receive suggestions from every quarter of the House.

Viscountess Astor

Is it not time the Home Office stopped asking for suggestions and took a line of their own?

Colonel Wedgwood

Is it not well known that the Home Office do make suggestions and that the military and M.I. 5 will not adopt them?