HC Deb 27 February 1941 vol 369 cc608-9
8. Mr. Wedgwood

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to a report on the "Arandora Star" victims, written by a former internee in Seaton Camp; and whether, in view of the fact that this man claims that most of them were wrongly put in Category A, he will order a re-examination of classification of the cases of the "Arandora Star" survivors, who number some 20, in this country?

Mr. H. Morrison

A general review of the classification of internees in Category A will be undertaken in due course, but in the meantime I am always ready to re-examine the classification of any individual internee who submits to me reasonable grounds for thinking that his or her classification in Category A was due to a mistake.

Mr. Wedgwood

The right hon. Gentleman is, of course, aware that many of these people on the "Arandora Star" were recent importations into this country, and have not had an opportunity of going before any tribunal?

Mr. Morrison

They would not have had the same opportunity, of course, as other people, but I should not feel justified in putting them into a privileged position.

23. Mr. Wedgwood

asked the Home Secretary whether he is now in a position to make a statement about the grant of a seven days' leave to internees who arc released on joining the Pioneer Corps?

Mr. Morrison

Yes, Sir. Arrangements have now been made, and are already in operation, which will enable internees enlisted in the Pioneer Corps to spend seven days at their homes, if they so desire, before joining their units.

Mr. McGovern

Is the Home Secretary aware that in a number of cases, men who have been accepted for the Pioneer Corps are still being retained for a very long period, and will he try to speed up the release of these men?

Mr. Morrison

If the hon. Member will let: me have particulars of any such cases, I shall be glad to look into them. I am naturally anxious that any form of relief shall be carried through with all expedition.