HC Deb 10 December 1934 vol 296 c44W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to the arrest, release, and subsequent re-arrest of Mr. Richard Tootell, a British subject in the Argentine Republic; whether Mr. Tootell was arrested at the instance of the meat trade investigating committee of the Argentine; whether he is now in custody and upon what charge; and whether he is being allowed all reasonable facilities in connection therewith?


According to my information, the position is that Mr. Tootell was arrested on 20th November at the instance of the committee of the Argentine Senate, which the latter recently appointed to investigate the meat trade. Mr. Tootell was subsequently released, but he is at present again under nominal detention on an order of the Federal Court and upon the charge, it is understood, of concealing evidence from the Senatorial investigation. I am informed that Mr. Tootell is receiving full legal facilities.