Oral Answers to Questions — Aliens (Visas).

– in the House of Commons on 29th June 1931.

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Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will lay it down as indispensable in the granting of a visa to a foreign subject proposing to visit this country that he or she has not been associated with the international revolutionary activities of the Third International?

Photo of Mr Alfred Short Mr Alfred Short , Wednesbury

No, Sir. My right hon. Friend prefers in this matter to follow the example of his predecessors and to retain a discretion to deal with individual cases on their merits.

Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

Is the hon. Gentleman not aware that we have had a great deal more experience of the Third International since the Conservatives were in office?

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Is it not much better to allow any of our comrades of the Third International to visit this country, so that they can see the scientific and common-sense way in which we carry on our business?