HC Deb 05 March 1919 vol 113 c397

asked the Prime Minister whether it is the intention of the Government that interned Germans shall not be allowed to remain and settle in this country; and, if so, whether he will take steps to prevent such Germans writing from internment camps to apply for business positions in this country and cause them to be notified that they will not be allowed to occupy business positions in this country?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir Hamar Greenwood)

My right hon. Friend has asked me to answer this question. The general policy with regard to interned alien enemies is to repatriate them, as the Home Secretary stated in this House on the 13th February in answer to the hon. Member for the Twickenham Division. It is already the rule in the civilian internment camps that inmates are not allowed to send out letters asking for employment in this country, and notices prohibiting the writing of such letters have been posted in the camps. If any letter of this sort has escaped the censorship it should be brought to the notice of the Home Office.