HC Deb 10 July 1905 vol 149 cc66-7

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, under his Amendments to the Aliens Bill, he will provide against the possibility of Scandinavian and Russian transmigrants being placed under disabilities which will endanger the trade being diverted to the competing Scandinavian and German lines, seeing that the British shipping companies will have to incur more expense and delays than at present.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Akers-Douglas.) I think that the hon. Member will find that his point is satisfactorily met by the proposed Amendment to Clause 8, page 6, line 20 of the Bill, which stands on the Paper in my name. This Amendment is designed, and is believed, to enable the shipping companies concerned to relieve themselves, under due security, of all unnecessary restrictions upon bona fide transmigrant traffic.