§ MR. LEVERTON HARRIS (Tower Hamlets, Stepney)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Board of Trade what is the estimated number of houses for the accommodation of aliens to be provided under Section 24 of the Port of London Bill, and what will be the probable cost.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. GLADSTONE,) Leeds, W.
I beg to answer this Question and the next on behalf of my right hon. friend. As at present advised I do not contemplate more than one establishment in the Port of London for the reception of alien passengers under the clause quoted. It is impossible to state the cost until the details of an actual scheme come to be worked out.
§ MR. LEVERTON HARRIS:
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Board of Trade if houses for the accommodation of alien immigrants are to be erected in ports other than that of London, and upon 241 whom the cost of erecting such buildings will fall.
§ MR. GLADSTONE
The circumstances which have rendered necessary a special statutory enactment in regard to the accommodation of alien immigrants at the Port of London are peculiar to that port, and have not arisen elsewhere. The cost of providing that accommodation where necessary, whether under existing conditions or under the provisions of the Bill, falls on the shipping companies concerned.