HC Deb 05 January 1894 vol 20 cc917-8
MR. THORNTON (Clapham)

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that large numbers of unemployed Russians and Poles are conducted straight from the ship to one or other of the shelters provided for the purpose; whether he can state how many aliens arrived by the barque Norman, from Wilmington, at Millwall Dock, on the 19th December, and what became of them; and whether the children of the unemployed Russians and Poles immigrating to this country are in all cases counted by the officers of the Customs?


With regard to the first portion of the hon. Member's question, I have to say that it appears to be the practice in London to conduct Russian and Polish dews, of whose destination the Port Sanitary Authorities desire to keep sight, to the Jewish Shelter. In reply to the second portion, the Norman, from Wilmington, brought no passengers. As regards the third portion, I have to slate that in all the statistics of the Board of Trade as to emigration and immigration children are counted, and they are also counted by the Customs. Officers in checking the Alien Lists.