HC Deb 17 March 1908 vol 186 cc413-4

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, on the 28th February, at Grimsby, a Russian named Itzig Woffenburg, with wife, daughter, and son, were rejected by the Grimsby Immigration Board; whether he had in his possession the sum of £43 12s.; whether he was going on a visit to his two daughters and a son-in-law in Edinburgh; and, if so, what the grounds were upon which the rejection took place.


My right hon. friend is informed by the Grimsby Immigration Board that assuming the question to relate to an alien family named Koffenberg, the facts are as stated in the first two sentences thereof. It may be added that the man was aged sixty, the wife fifty-four, daughter fifteen, and the son five years. The alien stated that he was going on a visit as set out in the Question, but he had no letter to show in corroboration, and the Board who have the authority, and with the alien before them are in the best position, to judge having regard to his demeanour and the manner in which he answered questions put to him did not credit his statement and were of opinion that he intended to remain here with his family, and that having regard to his age and the number of his dependents there was no chance of his being able decently to support himself and his family.