Oral Answers to Questions — Aliens. – in the House of Commons on 9th March 1922.

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asked the Home Secretary how many aliens, Russian, German, Polish, and Scandinavian, have arrived in Great Britain for residence here during the last 12 months; how many were proved to be engaged on Bolshevist propaganda; and how much money they approximately possessed?

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

As I have stated before, it is not possible to say exactly how many of the aliens arriving in this country in any year have come to reside, but probably about 300, 400, and 750 would be the respective numbers of Russians, Poles and Scandinavians (including Danes). Germans may not be permitted to land for more than three months, and except for some dozen returning in accordance with the recommendation of the Advisory Committee under Section 10 (4) and about 40 British-born women, no Germans came here to reside permanently during 1921. I cannot give the information asked for in the second and third parts of this question.

Captain BENN:


asked the Home Secretary whether, seeing that of 294,569 aliens who landed at British ports during the 12 months ended 31st December last only 1,712 were refused permission to enter the country, and that the cost of rejecting these aliens was £58 per head, he proposes to take any action to reduce this burdensome expenditure?

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

With my hon. and gallant Friend's permission, the answer to this question will be circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Captain BENN:

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this is taken from the Geddes Report?