12 SEPTEMBER 1940, Page 5

Sir John Anderson has come under heavy criticism, some of

which should clearly have been addressed to the War Office, for his handling of the aliens question, but he is to be very warmly congratulated on the Committee he has appointed to hear the claims of internees to release. There could be no better chairman than Sir Cecil Hurst, who has been President of the Permanent Court of International Justice at The Hague. Sir Andrew McFadyean is a well-known Liberal who has lived for many years in Berlin in various official capacities; Mr. Ivone Kirkpatrick was till war broke out First Secretary at the British Embassy in Berlin ; and of Dr. Seton-Watson it is unnecessary to say more than that he is Dr. Seton-Watson. Such a committee can be counted on for humanity, liberality of mind and complete freedom from red tape. Such qualities are badly needed in this field.