HC Deb 30 January 1947 vol 432 c242W
38. Mr. S. Silverman

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what authority Mr. N. Rosenberg is now detained in Brixton prison; how long he has been so detained; and when it is proposed to restore his liberty.

Mr. Ede

I presume that this Question relates to the alien Wolf Isaac Rosenberg who in May, 1946, was sentenced to six months' imprisonment for bigamy. He had previously been deported to France and had contrived to return illegally, but there was some difficulty in obtaining facilities for his removal on this occasion and after the expiration of his sentence he was detained in Brixton Prison under Article 12 (4) of the Aliens Order, 1920, until the necessary arrangements could be made. This has now been done and his deportation has been effected.

40. Mr. S. Silverman

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many aliens are now detained in prisons in this country otherwise than under judicial sentence duly imposed by the courts; what is the average period of such detention so far; and how many of such aliens claim to be Stateless refugees.

Mr. Ede

Forty-five pending the grant by foreign Governments of facilities for their deportation, and 31 pending removal by shipping companies after refusals of leave to land. The average period of their detention is six weeks. There are also two enemy aliens whose repatriation is being delayed by legal proceedings. Exact figures are not available of the number who have claimed to be Stateless refugees, but it is quite small.

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