34 and 38. Mr. David Adams
asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies (i) whether he is aware that, in 590 May, 1940, the Governor of Jamaica interned all British subjects who were German born and continues to refuse any investigation as to whether the detention is necessary or justified; and, in view of the fact that the Governor upon his return from this country to the Colony was going to review all these cases personally, can he now state whether those against whom nothing is known are now released;
(2) the number of British subjects of alien or enemy origin, respectively, interned by the Governor of Jamaica since the war: and what number of these have been released following their objection to the advisory committee?
§ Mr. George Hall
On the information available in the Colonial Office, the number of British subjects of alien or enemy origin who have been detained by the Governor of Jamaica since the war is 12; none of these persons has yet been released, but a report from the Governor of Jamaica on his review of these cases has been received, and my noble Friend is communicating further with the Governor on the subject.
When are we likely to have this information, in view of the long time that these people have been interned?
Mr. Creech Jones
Will importance be attached to the question, because of the continued detention of quite a number of people long resident in the Colony who are of very good character and social value in their work there?
§ Sir Leonard Lyle
Is it not very undesirable and against the national interest that the actions of our Colonial Governors, very often on the most flimsy pretext, are being called into account?
§ 37. Miss Eleanor Rathbone
asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies how many aliens are interned in Jamaica; how many of them have been released or authorised for release; how many times has the committee appointed to advise the Governor on this matter sat; and how many cases has it considered and reported on?
39. Mr. David Adams
asked the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies whether in view of the fact that Mr. W. A. Domingo, who had borne an excellent reputation and rendered valuable public service, has been under detention in Jamaica for a month, he can now state the result of the appeal to the Governor's advisory committee against his arrest?
§ Mr. Silverman
Is it not the case that Mr. Domingo was not a resident in Jamaica at the time of his internment, and if that is so, under what powers did the Governor act?
§ Mr. Silverman
What power had the Governor to order this detention, in the case of a man not resident in the territory?