13 DECEMBER 1940, Page 3

The House of Commons, having spent several days on the

problem of aliens and refugees, devoted a few hours on Tues- day and Wednesday to the now famous Regulation i8B of the Defence (General) Regulations, 1939. Not only aliens suffered from the somewhat hysterical action taken six months ago. Among the victims were notorious people like Sir Oswald Mosley, and also some scores of men and women who be- longed to the British Union or certain Anglo-German fellow- ships. No doubt some of them were innocent; many of them have had no opportunity of stating their case. It fell to Mr. Morrison to defend himself and his predecessor. He did it well enough, but as with aliens, it is more difficult to release on a selective basis than to intern without discrimination.