§ 15. Mr. Sorensen
asked the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies whether he will give any information as to the number of interned refugees from Nazi oppression who are in the Colonies; whether discrimination is made between them and Nazi sympathisers; whether they have the right of application for release similar to that established in this country; and whether he is satisfied with the conditions and circumstances of internment?
§ Mr. George Hall
The approximate number of German nationals at present interned in the Colonies who claim to possess anti-Nazi sympathies, so far as it can be ascertained from the information available in the Colonial Office, is 340. With regard to the question of discrimination betwen anti-Nazi refugees and Nazi sympathisers, Colonial Governments are aware of the policy adopted in the United Kingdom, and so far as is practic- 1262 able such discrimination is made. Internees can appeal against their internment to the Government, but some Colonial Governments have not felt able, in view of the special circumstances of the territory, to adopt a policy of release similar to that adopted in the United Kingdom. With regard to the last part of the Question, my Noble Friend is satisfied that, so far as conditions of internment are concerned, due care is taken to mitigate the hardships involved.
§ Mr. Sorensen
Have any, in fact, been released from internment? Will my hon. Friend take particular note of the conditions of internees in Cyprus? Will he look into the whole question and see that at least a fair proportion of those who have been interned are able to apply for their release in the same way as internees in this country?
§ Mr. Wedgwood
My hon. Friend said in his reply that they could not be released because the conditions were not the same as in this country. I should like to know whether they are having the same treatment as internees in this country?
§ Mr. Hall
I am afraid that my right hon. Friend has not quite understood the reply. I said that internees can appeal against their internment to the Government, but some Colonial Governments have not felt able, in view of the special circumstances of the territory, to adopt a policy of release similar to that adopted in the United Kingdom.