Foreign Waiters (Deportation).

Oral Answers to Questions — Aliens. – in the House of Commons on 13 February 1919.

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Photo of Colonel Charles Yate Colonel Charles Yate , Melton


asked the Home Secretary whether he will make arrangements for the immediate deportation as undesirable aliens of all foreign waiters who have been on strike lately, and thus make room for the employment of British subjects?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

Any foreign waiter who is an undesirable will be deported in the same way as any other undesirable alien; but the fact that an alien takes part in a strike in company with British subjects of the same occupation is not alone a sufficient reason for his deportation.

Photo of Mr William Joynson-Hicks Mr William Joynson-Hicks , Twickenham


asked how many cases of alien enemies have been considered by Mr. Justice Sankey's Committee, and of that number how many have, since the Committee was formed, been interned.

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

I understand that between July last, when this Committee was reconstituted and undertook the work of revising the exemptions they had previously granted, and the end of 1918 when they suspended the work, they considered about 3,000 cases, and as a result of their recommendations, some 150 men have been finally interned. This figure does not include provisional internments afterwards exempted by the Committee, nor aliens interned for special reasons without reference to the Committee.