Deportation Order (M. Szumskis).

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 6th July 1922.

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Photo of Colonel Sir Arthur Holbrook Colonel Sir Arthur Holbrook , Basingstoke

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asked the Home Secretary whether M. Szumskis, a Lithuanian of 22 years' residence in this country, was arrested on the 24th May, sentenced to a month's imprisonment with hard labour, and recommended for deportation for failing to notify the police of his change of address; and, whether, seeing that there is ample evidence that this man bears a highly respectable character both among business and other circles in this country, that he tried twice unsuccessfully to join the British forces in the War, and in view of the triviality of his offence, he will institute inquiries with a view to cancellation of the order for deportation?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

The facts of this man's conviction and recommendation for deportation are as stated in the first part of the question. I understand that an appeal against the conviction is pending, and until the result of the appeal is known, I can express no opinion on the ease. No deportation order has yet been made.