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Detainees

Volume 388: debated on Thursday 1 April 1943

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17.

asked the Home Secretary how many British subjects, at present detained under Regulation 18B, it is proposed to retain in custody until the end of the war?

The case of every such person is reviewed from time to time, and detention is continued only so long as I am satisfied that it is necessary for reasons of national security. I cannot say in advance in how many cases, or for how long, those reasons will continue to obtain.

Would my right hon. Friend give special consideration to those who served our country with honour in the last war and also to those who are eager to serve it in this war? From the man-power aspect alone, the matter is important.

That factor is taken into account, but my basic duty is to consider the safety of the country, and I will carry that duty out.

Will the right hon. Gentleman keep Sir Oswald Mosley under lock and key?