HC Deb 02 May 1918 vol 105 c1684
47. Major HUNT

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the feeling amongst our own people that aliens living here and in Ireland are not doing their fair share of work for the War, he can say when aliens up to fifty-one years of age will be compelled either to serve in the Navy or Army or find work of national importance, or go back to their own country?


My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply. No alien is liable for military service unless he is a subject of one of the countries with which a Convention as to service has been concluded. I am sure my hon. and gallant Friend will appreciate the extreme difficulty of imposing compulsory industrial obligations upon the subjects of Allied and neutral countries.

Major HUNT

Is it not quite time, if they will not do anything to help the War, that they were sent back to their own country, or are we going to keep them here merely to please the Government of their own country?


There are difficulties in returning them to their own country.