HC Deb 04 February 1941 vol 368 cc791-2
28. Mr. Stokes

asked the Home Secretary in how many cases he has not accepted the recommendation of the Advisory Committee appointed to hear appeals from persons detained under Regulation 18B?

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

This information is contained in the reports submitted to Parliament in pursuance of paragraph (6) of the Regulation, and I would refer my hon. Friend to those reports.

Mr. Stokes

As the Minister has already assured me that in other cases he has ac- cepted the recommendations of the Advisory Committee, will my hon. Friend explain why there is such interminable delay between the receipt of recommendation and the day on which the Home Secretary makes the decision?

Mr. Peake

No such assurance as the hon. Member has suggested has, in fact, been given. There is a number of cases in which my right hon. Friend has refused to accept the recommendations of the Advisory Committee. Particulars of these cases are contained in the Parliamentary Paper referred to in my answer.

Mr. Stokes

Does my hon. Friend recollect the answer which he gave to a similar Question by me about six weeks ago, when he stated that invariably the recommendations have been accepted?