HC Deb 22 January 1942 vol 377 c441W
Commander Bower

asked the Home Secretary whether proceedings will be taken against the person or persons upon whose evidence Mr. Ben Greene was defamed under Regulation 18B?

Mr. H. Morrison

Mr. Greene was not detained on the evidence of a single person. There was undisputed information derived from various sources that he had hostile associations; and these associations were of such a character that it was necessary to exercise some control over him. Even at this date his release from detention has been made subject to conditions imposed for this purpose. The information however included certain allegations which rested largely on information given by a single person. After considering the recent report by the Advisory Committee I came to the conclusion that these particular allegations should be regarded as withdrawn, and I have caused Mr. Greene to be informed accordingly. The fact that certain information may be regarded as unsubstantiated does not indicate that the informant has committed a criminal offence for which proceedings can be taken.