HC Deb 27 May 1908 vol 189 c1102

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade if he can now state what Amendments he proposes to move to the Port of London Bill for the purpose of erecting receiving homes for alien immigrants; and whether he proposes to make the erection of such receiving homes by the new London port authority mandatory or optional.


The form of any Amendments that may be required is under consideration; the effect will be to impose on the port authority the duty of making such provision for accommodation of alien passengers as the Secretary of State may think necessary.

* MR. B. S. STRAUS (Tower Hamlets, Mile End)

Does the right hon. Gentleman suggest it should be made compulsory for the port authority to erect receiving homes? Will he see that such provision is made in all other ports at which aliens arrive—Grimsby, for instance—and will he see that in any Port or Harbour Bill that is brought in such accommodation in future is provided?


Consideration will be given to secure satisfactory arrangements being provided for the accommodation of aliens brought to any port. When Bills of this character are brought in will be the proper time for the Board of Trade to consider them.

MR. LUPTON (Lincolnshire, Sleaford)

May I ask if, in view of the great expense of providing this accommodation for aliens, the right hon. Gentleman will consider the advisability of repealing the Aliens Bill?


My views on that Bill are well known.