HC Deb 27 June 1940 vol 362 cc608-9W
Mr. Cocks

asked the Home Secretary whether he will now take steps to intern all enemy aliens except those whom he is satisfied can be trusted to be of positive service to the country and its defence?

Sir J. Anderson

Certain further measures are at present being taken but it would be better that I should defer for the present any statement as to the character and scope of those measures.

Mr. Harvey

asked the Home Secretary whether arrangements have now been made to allow German and Austrian schoolboys who were removed from their schools for internment under general internment regulations to return to school life under suitable conditions; and whether he will state the procedure to be followed in such cases?

Sir J. Anderson

I am prepared to consider the release of any German or Austrian schoolboy or schoolgirl who can be accommodated and maintained outside any protected area. I have already authorised the release of a number who can be so accommodated and maintained, but there are still some for whom arrangements have not been made. It would be helpful if any person or school willing to receive a particular boy or girl who is still interned would communicate with the Home Office.