HC Deb 05 November 1940 vol 365 c1222W
Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that internees, on release, are not allowed to communicate with their friends living at a distance, either by telephone, telegraph, or letter; that this is causing considerable hardship; and will he cancel this prohibition?

Mr. Peake

If the hon. Member is referring to the facilities available to an internee to communicate with his friends, before he has been actually set free, I have not hitherto heard of any hardship in this connection. It is not practicable to allow an internee to telephone from a camp, but he can write, and commandants have discretion to allow telegrams in cases of urgency. I may add that, where an internee's friends or relatives have been in communication with the Home Office in the matter, they are notified that his release has been authorised.

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