Yes, but it is quite impossible to give the information for which the hon. Member asks. Perhaps he will see me, and, if there is any information that I can give him, I shall be only too glad to do so.
The two Spaniards to whom I think the question refers arrived here on the 2nd instant in transit for France. They were in possession of irregular documents, and as, moreover, they had no visa for France, the immigration officer decided in the exercise of his discretion to refuse them leave to land. The case was reported to my right hon. Friend, but he could see no reason for any intervention on his part.
In view of the fact that these two gentlemen are political refugees, may I ask if it has not been the custom from time immemorial that political refugees should be allowed to come to this country?
Only six persons who allege that they have escaped from imprisonment in the U.S.S.R. are now in this country. Others who arrived here have, I am informed, left for various destinations and none have been deported to the U.S.S.R.