asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the circumstances in which Mr. di Blasi, an Italian national, was refused permission to land at Folkestone on 22nd September, although in possession of Ministry of Labour Permit No. MCZ 180 issued to him on 13th August, 1964.
Mr. di Blasi was refused leave to land because the Ministry of Labour permit which he held was found to be invalid. This was because the permit contained a condition that it was not valid for a worker with a dependent child and Mr. di Blasi has such a child. Due to a misunderstanding when the particulars supplied on the application form were being considered, it was not appreciated that Mr. di Blasi had a dependent child. This was an unfortunate misunderstanding. However, I am now glad to be able to announce that Mrs. di Blasi has since been granted unrestricted residence here following four continuous years in approved employment, and in the circumstances my right hon. and learned Friend is prepared to agree that her husband should now be allowed to join her without obtaining another labour permit.