HC Deb 22 January 1942 vol 377 cc439-40W
Mr. Purbrick

asked the Home Secretary how much of his time, approximately, was occupied, during the month of October, in examining the 30 cases for detention and release under Regulation 18B, in which he followed the advice of the Advisory Committee, and similar information in regard to the two cases in which he did not follow such advice; and how many advisory committees are there in connection with Regulation 18B?

Mr. H. Morrison

I do not keep a time-sheet recording the amount of time I spend on each paper with which I deal. I can assure my hon. Friend that each of the cases to which he refers received my close personal consideration and that I gave to each whatever time was required to enable me to get a proper knowledge of the relevant facts and considerations before I gave my decision. There are four advisory committees appointed under the Regulation, two in England—one of which can, if necessary, sit in three panels—and two in Scotland.

Commander Bower

asked the Home Secretary the reasons for the recent detention under Regulation 18B of Squadron Leader Rutland, late of the Royal Naval Air Service?

Mr. Morrison

The grounds for the order are that he is of hostile associations and that by reason thereof it is necessary to exercise control over him.

Sir I. Albery

asked the Home Secretary the number of persons released from detention under Regulation 18B during the month of December, 1941, stating also how many of the number had then been under detention for a period of 12 months and over?

Mr. Morrison

Thirty-four persons were released in December, 1941, of whom 31 had been detained for a period of 12 months and over.

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