HC Deb 20 March 1941 vol 370 cc274-5
28. Sir Irving Albery

asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the fact that in 55 cases of detention under Regulation 18B he has not given effect to the recommendations of the Advisory Committees, he is still satisfied that the Advisory Committees are in all cases provided with adequate information before making their recommendations?

Mr. H. Morrison

All the information which is available is put before the Advisory Committee, and if in a small proportion of cases I have taken a different view from the Committee, this is not because I have any information about the particular case which is not available to the Committee, but because on the same facts I have formed a different judgment as to the necessity of detention for the time being for purposes of national security.

Sir I. Albery

May I ask whether in such cases the right hon. Gentleman acquaints the Committee with his decision and gives them any reason for it?

Mr. Morrison

I acquaint them with my decision, but I do not give reasons.

Mr. A. Bevan

Are any facts available to the right hon. Gentleman which are not in the previous instance made available to the Advisory Committees?

Mr. Morrison

I have just answered that question in the negative.

Mr. R. Gibson

Can the right hon. Gentleman say in how many of those 55 cases the subject has been recommended for release from detention and the recommendation turned down?

Mr. Morrison

That, I think, was revealed in the White Paper. I cannot recall the exact number at the moment.