15. Mr. HAZLETON
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of Irish prisoners detained at Frongoch have been individually revised since the Advisory Committee first concluded the consideration of the list and how many men have been released as a result of such revision?
I have not hitherto felt justified in reopening individual cases so soon after they had been examined by the Advisory Committee and continued internment recommended. After consultation with the Irish Government, however, it has now been decided that some among the prisoners may be released on their undertaking not to engage in any act of a seditious character or any act calculated to hinder the successful prosecution of the war. Sureties will be required for their good behaviour if such a course appears advisable in the public interest. Steps are being taken to give an opportunity to those among the prisoners on whose behalf application has been made for release, and who could safely be released under these conditions, to give the undertaking and to obtain the sureties which will be required.