HC Deb 23 October 1941 vol 374 cc1927-8W
Mr. Bellenger

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that consider- able apprehension has been aroused in the country regarding the disturbance in the camp at Peel, on 20th September, and that allegations of daily riotous scenes at Peel, and of gross mismanagement generally of the internment camps in the Isle of Man have been made in Tynwald; and can he make any statement?

Mr. H. Morrison

Yes, Sir. I regret that notwithstanding the statement I made in this House on the 2nd instant about the recent occurrences at Peel camp there have been further misrepresentations. There have also been reports of fresh disorders which are pure fabrications. My attention has been called to repcrts of speeches made in Tynwald on the 14th instant by two Members of the House of Keys who appear to have made unfounded reflections on the military officers of the internment camps, but I note that on a vote being taken these speakers had no support. The manner in which the officers of the camps have discharged their duties has received warm appreciation in well-informed quarters, and I am glad of this opportunity of paying my tribute to the good work of the military personnel concerned and of making it clear that recent changes do not involve any reflection upon them.

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