Commonwealth Immigrants Act

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th November 1964.

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Photo of Mr Cyril Osborne Mr Cyril Osborne , Louth Borough 12:00 am, 19th November 1964

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government towards the Commonwealth Immigrants Act; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Sir Frank Soskice Sir Frank Soskice , Newport (Monmouthshire/Gwent)

I have nothing at present to add to what I said in the debate on the Expiring Laws Continuance Bill on Tuesday.

Photo of Mr Cyril Osborne Mr Cyril Osborne , Louth Borough

May I ask the right hon. and learned Gentleman how many Commonwealth immigrants he thinks this country can comfortably absorb?

Photo of Sir Frank Soskice Sir Frank Soskice , Newport (Monmouthshire/Gwent)

Those that are here and are admitted by voucher perform an extremely useful purpose. We could ill afford to do without the help which they give us in the running of our economy and many of our services. I have no reason to think that we have reached the limit of our absorptive capacity as far as they are concerned. I am not saying this with regard to those who avoid the control but about those who come here with vouchers.