§ Mr. Maudling
As my decision in this case was taken both in the interests of national security and on grounds of a political nature, I have come to the conclusion that I should direct, under Article 8(1) of the Aliens (Appeals) Order, 1970, that Mr. Dutschke's appeal should be heard by the special panel of the Appeals Tribunal nominated by the Lord Chancellor and the Home Secretary jointly under Section 9 of the Immigration Appeals Act, 1969. I have also felt obliged to certify under Article 8(3) of the Order that the disclosure to the appellant of certain matters relating to the case would be contrary to the interests of national security. Where such a certificate is given the Order provides that those matters shall be presented to the tribunal without being disclosed to the appellant and that the relevant part of the proceedings may take place in the absence of the appellant and his representatives. Subject to that, while the conduct of the proceedings is a matter for the tribunal, my own wish is that as great a part as possible of the appeal proceedings before the tribunal should take place in public.
In accordance with the appeal procedure, a written statement of the facts relating to my decision and of the reasons for it will be sent to the tribunal and to the appellant. It will then be for the tribunal to take the necessary steps to deal with the appeal.
§ Mr. Maudling
It would not be right for me to comment on the merits of this178W issue pending determination of the appeal which has been entered.