Detainees.

Oral Answers to Questions — Voting Facilities. – in the House of Commons on 6th August 1942.

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Photo of Mr Charles Challen Mr Charles Challen , Hampstead

asked the Home Secretary how many applications have been made by persons detained under Defence Regulation 18B to vote at Parliamentary by-elections; how many have been refused and the reasons given for such refusal?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I am aware of two such applications, both of which I felt obliged to refuse. It would not, in my opinion, be right that a person whom it is necessary to detain in custody as a preventive measure should be temporarily released, or taken under escort to attend a polling station.

Photo of Mr Charles Challen Mr Charles Challen , Hampstead

Will the right hon. Gentleman tell the House under what Regulation or authority these individuals are deprived of the franchise?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

They are deprived of their liberty under Defence Regulation 18B.

Photo of Mr Maurice Petherick Mr Maurice Petherick , Penryn and Falmouth

While supporting the activities of my right hon. Friend under 18B, may I ask whether it is not the case that a man charged with high treason would be allowed to vote?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I should very much doubt it. My hon. Friend had better put a Question down about it.

Photo of Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson , Birmingham Handsworth

Is Sir Oswald Mosley allowed to vote?