HC Deb 12 July 1915 vol 73 cc659-60W

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, having regard to the fact that between 1st January and 13th May of this year 1,289 alien enemies were released by the order of the War Office, he will say in how many of these cases, if any, before the prisoners were released, the Home Office was consulted; in how many cases were police reports furnished to the War Office of the records of the prisoners; in how many of these cases the Home Office recommended the Secretary of State for War to release the prisoners; and how many of these same persons have since 13th May been reinterned?


The Home Office obtained in each case a report from the police containing the record of the man and submitted it to the War Office. The Home Office made no recommendations, the decision at that time resting entirely with the War Office. It would be impossible to say how many of the persons then released have since been reinterned, but the present policy of internment is applied in all cases where exemption is not granted, whether the individual was previously interned and released or not.