Deportations to Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 10th April 1928.

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Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

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asked the Home Secretary whether any of the persons deported to Ireland under the Restoration of Order in Ireland Act have been released; whether any have been brought to trial; and how many of these persons have been allowed to appeal against their deportation?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Bridge-man):

The answer to the first part of the question is one; to the second, none. It is open to them all to make representations for the consideration of the Advisory Committee, but, so far, only three have done so.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

May I ask who the lucky person was, and why he was released?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

I think I had bettor not mention the name in public, but I do not mind telling the hon. and gallant Member. As there is a good deal of prejudice in certain quarters, I think it would be better not to mention names.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

Can the right hon. Gentleman say why he was released? Was it because a mistake had been made?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

He was released partly on the ground of health and partly because he had given an undertaking not to engage in any further hostilities against the Irish Free State Government.

Photo of Mr Alfred Short Mr Alfred Short , Wednesbury

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asked the Home Secretary how many times the Advisory Committee, appointed under the Restoration of Order in Ireland Act, have met: how many deportees have been before the Committee; and, if any, with what result?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

The Committee have not yet met, as it is only within the past week that any representations for their consideration have been received. I am in communication with the Committee with a view to the early consideration of these representations.

Photo of Mr Alfred Short Mr Alfred Short , Wednesbury

Can the right hon. Gentleman say how many were deported who have made application to go before the Committee?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

I have just said, in answer to another question, that there were three. I believe that some others made applications, and then withdrew them.

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

What is the reason for the delay in the meeting of the Committee?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

There is no delay. The only reason for their not meeting is that there were no cases for them to deal with.

Captain BERKELEY:

With regard to the remainder of these prisoners, is it contemplated that they should remain in a state of indefinite confinement?

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

That does not now arise.