HC Deb 26 March 1941 vol 370 cc564-5
20 and 21. Mr. Wedgwood

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies (1), how many British subjects of Jewish faith and German origin have been interned in Jamaica; and whether anything is being done to give internees the same chance of release that they would have if interned in this country;

(2), why it has been found necessary to detain Dr. Stamm and his wife in Jamaica seeing that they are Jews and British subjects; and will he release them without delay so as to enable Dr. Stamm to take up useful work in Jamaica?

Mr. George Hall

Twelve British subjects of German origin have been detained under the Defence Regulations in Jamaica, and evidence is available indicating that of this number three men and three women are of Jewish extraction, including Dr. Stamm and his wife. All these persons were detained last summer because the Governor of Jamaica was satisfied that their detention was necessary at that time. The question was discussed with the Governor during his recent visit to this country, and he agreed to review all these cases personally on his return to the Colony with a view to considering whether any of the persons concerned could properly be released. The Governor's report is now awaited.

Mr. Wedgwood

While I thank my hon. Friend for the answer, will he let the Governor know that this question has been raised; and does the Governor realise that the Jews are friendly, while other Germans may not be?

Mr. Hall

The Governor's attention, of course, is called to any Question put in this House.

Mr. Edmund Harvey

Will my hon. Friend ensure that the principles of the White Paper with regard to internee; in Great Britain are carried out in Jamaica and other Colonies?

Mr. Hall

That question has been put to the Governors of all Colonies.