HC Deb 18 January 1944 vol 396 c61W
Captain Ramsay

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Mr. Arnold Leese, who has been detained under Regulation 18B for three and a half years in Brixton Prison whence he was recently removed to a hospital for a serious operation; and will he consider granting to him conditions similar to those granted to Sir Oswald Mosley;

(2) whether he is aware that Mr. Leese's wife wrote to his Department on 5th November, 1943, asking for a personal interview and again on 5th December, 1943, asking for a reply, but nothing beyond a formal acknowledgment of the first letter has so far been received; and will he give instructions for a reply to be sent to Mrs. Leese at an early date.

Mr. H. Morrison

When in December arrangements were made to send Mr. Leese to a hospital I immediately called for a medical report with a view to considering whether his detention ought to be suspended on medical grounds. After the receipt of that report I decided to suspend the order of detention on appropriate conditions, so as to allow Mr. Leese to return to his home as soon as he becomes fit for discharge from hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Leese have been so informed.