HC Deb 25 October 1916 vol 86 c1142W

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether complaint has been received from alien enemies interned at Alexandra Palace that their rest was disturbed by the tread of the guard on sentry duty at night; whether, to meet such complaints, a quantity of coconut matting, involving considerable expense, has been, or is about to be, supplied in order to more effectually secure the comfort of those interned; and whether such provision has been made at the expense of the State or subscribed for by the interned persons?


There are raised wooden platforms in the Central Hall at the Alexandra Palace. These are above the prisoners' heads, and the noise of the sentries on their beat was accentuated by the wooden platform and the nature of the building. The matting was, therefore, put down some twelve months ago.