HC Deb 08 November 1939 vol 353 cc246-7W
Major Cazalet

asked the Home Secretary whether he can make any statement as to the proposed review by a special tribunal of the cases of Czechs in this country?

Sir J. Anderson

As previously stated nationals of Czecho-Slovakia are not subject to the special restrictions applicable to enemy aliens; but, in case there are amongst the persons claiming Czech nationality any who ought on security grounds to be subjected to such special restrictions, arrangements have been made to review all such cases individually: and I am glad to be able to say that Sir Ronald Macleay, who was British Minister to Czecho-Slovakia from 1927 to 1929, has consented to act as a tribunal for the review of these cases. It is anticipated that in a number of such cases the information already available will render it unnecessary for the individual to appear personally for examination, but that will be a matter for decision by the tribunal in each case after a review of the available material. The question of appointing additional persons to assist Sir Ronald Macleay will be considered after it has been ascertained whether the number of cases which cannot be disposed of without personal examination is likely to be substantial.

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