HC Deb 26 July 1951 vol 491 c634
28. Mr. J. Enoch Powell

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when and how the decision to remit part of the fine imposed on Mrs. M. Johnson of South Shields was first published by him.

Mr. Ede

The decision was communicated in accordance with the usual practice to the clerk to the justices by letter dated 26th June and the warrant of remission was sent on 14th July.

Mr. Powell

Does not the Home Secretary think that it is rather odd that the first knowledge of this decision was communicated to the Press by his constituency agent?

Mr. Ede

No, Sir; I do not. I was in South Shields on 14th and 15th July, and I made arrangements that a proper communication should be made to them on the 16th.