HC Deb 30 January 1941 vol 368 cc675-6
63. Mr. Silverman

asked the Home Secretary whether he has now completed his inquiries into the questions concerning the alleged abuse by the Polish authorities, with the co-operation of Scotland Yard, of the provisions of the Allied Forces Act, 1940?

Mr. H. Morrison

Immediately after the Question asked by my hon. Friend on 19th December I had exhaustive inquiries made as a result of which it would appear that the allegation that the civil police were in any way concerned must have been made under a misapprehension. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War has been consulted and I understand that the question whether the Polish authorities have jurisdiction over these men under the provisions of the Allied Forces Act is under discussion with those authorities.

Mr. Silverman

Does my right hon. Friend recall that when I asked a Question on this matter in December he invited me to send him particulars of cases about which I knew. I sent these particulars and would like to know whether he has investigated these cases and, if so, with what result?

Mr. Morrison

Yes, Sir. These cases which I have investigated are based on the information which my lion. Friend supplied to me, and my reply is the result of this investigation.

Captain A. Graham

Is the right hon Gentleman aware that there have been numerous instances of Polish citizens of the Jewish Religion endeavouring to evade their military duties as Polish citizens?

Mr. Morrison

I should want notice of that Question.

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