Oral Answers to Questions — Aliens.

– in the House of Commons on 22nd January 1931.

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Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend

26.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will state how many persons who entered this country with presumed Russian nationality are now resident here but not in the occupation or employment for which their entry was sanctioned?

Photo of Mr Alfred Short Mr Alfred Short , Wednesbury

I regret that the information desired by the hon. Member is not available.

Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend

Does the hon. Gentleman's Department keep any trace or record of these people?

Photo of Mr Alfred Short Mr Alfred Short , Wednesbury

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.

Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

28.

asked the Home Secretary for what reason the two Spanish refugees were refused permission to land in this country

Photo of Mr Alfred Short Mr Alfred Short , Wednesbury

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.

Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

Will the Home Office preserve the right of asylum for refugees in this country?

Photo of Sir Percy Harris Sir Percy Harris , Bethnal Green South West

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?

Photo of Mr Alfred Short Mr Alfred Short , Wednesbury

That question does not arise. They were in transit to France, and were stopped because they were in possession of irregular documents.

Photo of Mr Edward Marjoribanks Mr Edward Marjoribanks , Eastbourne

Is not that a subterfuge

Commander OLIVER LOCKERLAMPSON:

How can political refugees have proper documents?

Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

37.

asked the Home Secretary how many known cases of escaped prisoners from Soviet Russia there are in this country; and whether, in all cases during his term of office, escaped Russian prisoners have been permitted to remain or, if not, whether any have been deported to Russia?

Photo of Mr Alfred Short Mr Alfred Short , Wednesbury

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.

Photo of Mr Edward Marjoribanks Mr Edward Marjoribanks , Eastbourne

Are their passports completely in order?