HC Deb 15 June 1950 vol 476 c538
28. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why, and for how long, Mr. D. J. Corcoran has been imprisoned at Winchester gaol.

Mr. Ede

This man has been in custody since 12th February, 1949, for contempt of court.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Is the Home Secretary aware that if Mr. Corcoran now tries to purge his contempt by complying with the English court's decision he will be flouting a diametrically opposed decision of the Dublin Supreme Court? Is it proposed that this man shall remain for years in Winchester gaol at the taxpayers' expense, until this judicial conflict is resolved?

Mr. Ede

That is no responsibility of mine. This case cannot be dealt with under the Prerogative. If this man will make his apologies to the court I think it would be worth while seeing what would happen.