Coloured Music Hall Artists.

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Aliens. – in the House of Commons on 15th March 1923.

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Photo of Mr Anderson Barlow Mr Anderson Barlow , Salford South

I have been asked to reply. Permits under Article 1 (3) (b) of the Aliens Order, 1920, have been issued in respect of a troupe of 33 American men and women, including a negro orchestra. The troupe is required for a period of six weeks only, to give a special entertainment lasting about 20 minutes, as a part of a revue at a theatre in London. I am assured that it would not be possible to find substitutes in this country who could give an entertainment of the kind desired. The question of displacing British labour does not, therefore, arise. The permits were issued upon the condition that the troupe give a stage performance only. They will not play dance music without obtaining the prior consent of the Minister of Labour.