HC Deb 29 January 1941 vol 368 cc575-6W
Mr. Pearson

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that Eric Schmidt, 70623, 32 Central Promenade, Douglas, Isle of Man, is still interned; that he has lived in this country since he was one year old; that his mother is British born and divorced her German husband in 1927; that an elder brother of Eric Schmidt is in the British Army; and can his early release from internment be expected?

Mr. Peake

The report of the tribunal which considered this case was received on Friday last. The release of Eric Schmidt has now been authorised.

Mr. G. Griffiths

asked the Home Secretary whether he can give any information about a boy named Lothar, 16 years of age, who was suddenly taken from Sherborne in May, 1940, interned at Huyton, and then sent overseas without the knowledge of his guardians, who were first told he had been sent to Canada?

Mr. Peake

This boy was sent to Australia, and it is not within my right hon. Friend's power to authorise his release and to allow him to be at large in that country, since that is a matter for the Australian authorities. My right hon. Friend is prepared to make arrangements for his return to this country and is at present awaiting the consent of his guardians for this purpose.