HC Deb 09 July 1941 vol 373 c143
1. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to what place the Communist member of the Icelandic Parliament has been deported; and whether, in view of the changed situation, steps will be taken to restore him to his home and also to raise the ban placed upon the daily paper, "Thjodviljinn"?

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Eden)

In deference to the wishes of the Icelandic Government, His Majesty's Government have agreed to release all Icelandic nationals at present held in detention in this country for engaging in activities affecting the security of His Majesty's Forces in Iceland. Release will be effected as soon as the arrangements for their return to Iceland have been made. The answer to the last part of the Question is in the negative.

Mr. Gallacher

I think that answer is very satisfactory.

Mr. Silverman

Can the right hon. Gentleman say under what powers the arrests and detentions in this country were effected?

Mr. Eden

I cannot, without notice.