§ Mr. Wedgwood
asked the Home Secretary why some 100 internees who were brought back from Canada are still, after more than two weeks, being kept in Huyton although they were assured that their final release was a matter of a day or two?
I presume my right hon. Friend refers to a party of some 130 internees who were selected by my representative in Canada as persons likely to be eligible for consideration for release under one or other of the categories of the White Paper. Their cases are being examined as expeditiously as possible and any necessary enquiries are in progress. In fact these enquiries were started before the arrival of the party and a number of them have already been released. Any impression that their final release was a matter of a day or two after their arrival must be due to a misconception, as no decision as to their release had been reached. They were brought back not because a decision to release them had already been taken but because they appeared to be eligible for consideration for release.689W