HC Deb 29 October 1918 vol 110 cc1302-3W

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he has received a report on the health of Mrs. Gonne MacBride, now interned in Holloway, which advises her release without delay; and whether she will now be released?


My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply to this question. I have received a report on the health of Mrs. MacBride, and, with the concurrence of the Chief Secretary, I am prepared to release her to a place where her health can receive special attention. I understand that arrangements are being made by her friends for the purpose.


asked the Home Secretary if he is aware that Mr. Burke, a medical student, interned in Lincoln, applied three times since his arrest on 21st May to be taken before the advisory committee, namely, on 22nd May, in Arbour Hill Barracks, on 23rd May in Hull Prison, and on 11th June in Lincoln Gaol; why none of his letters are said to have been received by the Government; that he is now suffering from a nervous breakdown and unable to write; and on what grounds is he detained in prison or refused an inquiry into the grounds of his complaint?


I am informed by my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary that three letters were received from Burke, but in none of them were representations made against the internment Order, which gave sufficient ground for a hearing by the advisory committee. I am not aware that it has been stated that these letters have not been received. In view of the prisoner's illness, arrangements are being made which will, I hope, permit of his release in a few days.