Oral Answers to Questions — Refugees.

– in the House of Commons on 21st February 1939.

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Photo of Mr Stuart Russell Mr Stuart Russell , Darwen

asked the Home Secretary what numbers of adult and child refugees from Central Europe are envisaged by the Government as being within the absorptive capacity of this country?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Birmingham, Ladywood

As has been previously stated, the number of refugees who can be absorbed into the community in a country which is so highly industrialised and settled as the United Kingdom is limited; but it would be impracticable and undesirable to fix and announce some maximum figure. The better policy is to consider cases individually, having regard in each case to the openings and means of maintenance available for the individuals under review.

Photo of Commander Sir Peter Agnew Commander Sir Peter Agnew , Camborne

Can my hon. Friend say whether those persons are allowed to take up employment in this country?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Birmingham, Ladywood

That depends upon the circumstances of the individual cases.