Oral Answers to Questions — Stowaways (Statistics)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th July 1949.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Reid Mr Thomas Reid , Swindon 12:00 am, 7th July 1949

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stowaways have arrived in the United Kingdom since the end of the war; from what countries they have come; how many were British subjects; and how the figures compare with prewar average figures.

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

From 7th August, 1945, to 13th June, 1949, 1,397 alien stowaways arrived in the United Kingdom; and 1,514 British stowaways arrived in the United Kingdom in the three years, 1946, 1947 and 1948. I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT tables showing the nationality of the alien stowaways and the territories from which the British stowaways came. I regret that figures for the pre-war period are not available.

Photo of Mr Thomas Reid Mr Thomas Reid , Swindon

Has my right hon. Friend legal power to repatriate these stowaways?

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

I have legal power to deport alien stowaways, and that is generally done, except when they can prove that they are refugees from political persecution. I have no power to deport stowaways who are British subjects.

Following are the tables:

ALIEN STOWAWAYS
7th August, 1945, to 13th June, 1949
Austrian1
Belgian10
Czech7
Danish5
Dutch52
Finnish99
French49
German69
Greek23
Hungarian10
Italian6
Norwegian19
Polish107
Portuguese229
Roumanian28
Russian3
Spanish222
Swedish18
Swiss4
Other European Nationals14
U.S.A.24
Central American20
Chinese2
Egyptian9
Other non-European Nationals42
Stateless or Nationality Doubtful325
Total of Alien Stowaways1,397

BRITISH STOWAWAYS
1st January, 1946, to 31st December, 1948
From:
Aden and Yemen30
Barbados14
British Guiana15
British Somaliland45
East Africa6
Gambia109
Gold Coast213
Jamaica281
Kenya7
Nigeria267
Sierra Leone211
Trinidad20
Other Territories296
Total of British Stowaways1,514