HC Deb 05 December 1939 vol 355 cc455-6W
Mr. David Adams

asked the Home Secretary why Mr. I. David Ketter, member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, British overseas barrister of Jewish Quarter, Old City, Jerusalem, was detained from 25th November, 1938, to 12th May, 1939, in Brixton Prison and deported during a pending appeal to the House of Lords; and whether he will state the terms on which Mr. Ketter can be readmitted to this country to be called to the English Bar, to practise before the Privy Council on appeals from the Holy Land and to read in chambers of a London King's Counsel doing Privy Council work, respectively?

Mr. Peake

As regards the first part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to him on the 11th May last. As then stated, Mr. Ketter's application for permission to appeal to the House of Lords had been disposed of before the Deportation Order was made. The answer to the last part of the question is that the Deportation Order requires Mr. Ketter to remain out of the country and that my right hon. Friend is not prepared to revoke the Order.

Mr. David Adams

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why Mr. I. David Ketter, member of the Bar in Jerusalem, is being denied the right to wear his wig in court; and why, as he signed the Roll of Barristers on 7th June, 1939, and has been practising only since 6th August, 1939, he is being asked to pay two annual practising licensing fees for two years?

Mr. M. MacDonald

I am afraid that I have no information on these matters.