HC Deb 27 June 1940 vol 362 cc581-2
26. Mr. Cocks

asked the Home Secretary the number of British citizens who have been interned?

Sir J. Anderson

The number at present detained is approximately 750.

Mr. Cocks

Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that there are plenty of people at large who ought to be interned and that the general impression is that the Home Office are not sufficiently active in this matter?

Sir J. Anderson

Those who have that impression are not aware of the facts.

29. Colonel Burton

asked the Home Secretary the number of enemy aliens who have been released from internment since 1st September, 1939?

Sir J. Anderson

The number is approximately 340. These include children of 16 and 17 who have been released to continue their school education, nuns who have been allowed to return to their convents, technicians wanted for special work of national importance, and some persons who have been released after close investigation of their cases by the Advisory Committee.

Colonel Burton

Have any of these people been re-interned?

Sir J. Anderson

There may be one or two cases.