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War Trials (Publicity)

Volume 411: debated on Wednesday 6 June 1945

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asked the Attorney-General if he will give an assurance that at the trials of William Joyce and of oilier British subjects, who have assisted the enemy war effort, no application will be made by counsel for the Crown for such trials to be held in camera.

Until I have had an opportunity of considering in detail the evidence to be called in any particular case, I could not give an unqualified undertaking of this nature. I can, however, assure the hon. Member that no such application will be made on behalf of the Crown unless serious security considerations are involved, and that all concerned will have in mind the recent ruling of the Court of Appeal that these applications should not be made or granted save for the most solid reasons.