HC Deb 19 October 1916 vol 86 cc757-8W

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that the presence in business in Aldersgate, E.C., of an unnaturalised German, named Herman Schumacher, is creating dissatisfaction in the City of London, and particularly amongst the residents and people doing business in the Aldersgate Street ward; whether the fact that he has a naturalised German as a junior partner is any justification for his being permitted to continue to enjoy the privilege of freedom; and whether, in view of this unnaturalised German's frequently expressed, and well-known pro-German sympathies, he will cause this case to be reconsidered?


I am aware that complaint has been made that Mr. Schumacher should remain at liberty. The Advisory Committee recommended his exemption from internment in July, 1915. Since that time further inquiry about him has been made through the police, but nothing has appeared to show any reason for cancelling his exemption. So far as the public safety is concerned, I am aware of no ground for departing from the advice of the Committee. The question of his carrying on business is one for my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade, who answered a question on this subject by the hon. Member for the Ludlow Division on 12th October.