HC Deb 08 July 1941 vol 373 cc46-7W
Dr. Morgan

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Irish schoolteacher, Miss Cahill, is still detained without charge or attempted trial in an internment camp in Trinidad; whether he has any information as to the health conditions or amenities existing in the camp, the location of the camp, the number of persons there of either sex, similarly detained and whether medical facilities are available; and whether steps had been taken to allow legal facilities or consultations with legal advisers to persons detained, with a view to representations to the authorities or to their friends in Great Britain or Eire?

Mr. George Hall

Miss Cahill is still detained in Trinidad and, as I informed the hon. and learned Member for North Hammersmith (Mr. Pritt) on 13th March, she has been detained because she has engaged in anti-British and anti-war propaganda calculated to diminish the war effort and to encourage the use of violence. With regard to the second part of the Question, the Governor of Trinidad has reported that health in the internment camp, which is situated in the vicinity of St. James's Barracks, Port of Spain, is uniformly good. The camp is visited daily by a Government medical officer and an internee who is a qualified doctor registered for practice in the Colony is given facilities to practice in the camp and paid an allowance of $50 a month by the Colonial Government. The camp was built to accommodate 300 persons and at present there are 181 persons detained under Defence Regulations including the families of such persons, and of this number 95 were men, 64 women and 22 children. In addition, 103 passengers from the s.s. "Winnipeg" nave recently been detained there, and of these about half were women. As regards the last part of the Question, all internees may see their legal advisers with a view to making representations in regard to their detention.