Detainees.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 29th January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

asked the Home Secretary whether he will state the name of the single person on whose evidence Mr. Benjamin Greene, late justice of the peace, was detained under Regulation 18B; and whether any other persons are detained on evidence provided from the same person?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

As, I stated in my reply to the hon. and gallant Member for Cleveland (Commander Bower), on 22nd January, Mr. Greene was not detained on the evidence of a single person. It would be contrary to the public interest to publish the names of persons who give confidential information. There are no other persons detained on the basis of information provided by the person to whom my hon. Friend refers.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Was not the evidence laid by this one man the main evidence on which Mr. Greene was detained, and is it not true that the person who laid the evidence subsequently admitted that it was untrue? Does the right hon. Gentleman propose to take proceedings for laying false evidence?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I answered that point last week. The evidence he gave was not the sole evidence on which Mr. Greene was detained by an Order made by my predecessor. I have read the papers, and I should not regard his evidence as necessarily being the evidence which solely determined the detention. There were, and there remain, other allegations against Mr. Greene of hostile association which were not in themselves unimportant.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Was not the whole of the evidence before the Advisory Committee, and were they not satisfied that none of the substantial evidence was true? Is the right hon. Gentleman going to take any proceedings against this man for laying false evidence?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

No, Sir, and, as I said last week, I do not think that arises.

Photo of Mr George Muff Mr George Muff , Kingston upon Hull East

Will the right hon. Gentleman advise the reinstatement of this man as a magistrate?

Commander Bower:

asked the Home Secretary whether, when ordering the detention of Squadron-Leader Rutland, under Regulation 18B, by reason of alleged hostile associations, he took into account the useful services recently rendered by this officer, about which information has been supplied to his Department?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I have taken all relevant factors into consideration.

Commander Bower:

Is it not a fact that this very gallant officer, who much distinguished himself in the last war, was given special facilities to fly back from Washington in order to reveal the fact that he had associations with prominent Japanese individuals, in the hope that this information might be valuable to the authorities here? Why should he be put away for having hostile associations which he came over specially to declare?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I cannot accept the implications of the statement made by the hon. and gallant Gentleman. Very important considerations are involved in the case, and it is undesirable that he or I should go further into the particulars.