HC Deb 20 May 1919 vol 116 cc200-1
67. Sir J. BUTCHER

asked the Home Secretary whether he will state the country of origin and the date, if any, of the naturalisation of each of the following persons who are mentioned in Cmd. 107 as being ineligible Government contractors, and who were convicted of offences during the War, namely, David Assetsohn, 31, St. Bride Street, E.O.; Bernard Albert Kufferberg, managing director of Engines, Limited, Willesden; David Gestetner, Neo-Cyclostyle Works, Tottenham Hale; George Edward Heyl, Kingsway, W.C.; and Barnet Rabinowitz, Schlater Street, Bethnal Green; and whether any proceedings have been, or will be, taken to revoke the certificates of naturalisation of any of these persons?


Of the persons-referred to in the question, Bernard A. Kufferberg is a natural-born British subject; David Assetsohn and Barnet Rabinowitz are men of Russian origin naturalised in 1901 and 1902; David Gestetner is a man of Hungarian origin naturalised in 1886, and G. E. Heyl is a man of German origin naturalised in 1899. The cases of Heyl, Rabinowitz and Gestetner have been carefully examined, but they do not present facts on which proceedings for revocation of the naturalisation certificates could be based. In the case of Assetsohn my right hon. Friend proposes to institute such proceedings.


On what evidence can certificates of naturalisation be revoked in these cases?


Certificates of naturalisation can only be revoked on the Statutory grounds set out in the Aliens Act of 1918.


Will he accept an Amendment in the new Bill to make it easier to get these men denaturalised?


That is rather far from the question on the Paper.

74. Sir J. BUTCHER

asked the Home Secretary whether he can state the number of aliens now employed at hotels in London, especially the large West End hotels; whether he has any information to show that ex-Service men are being discharged from these hotels in order that their places may be filled by aliens; and whether he is prepared to introduce an Amendment in the Aliens Restriction Bill prohibiting the employment of aliens in London hotels without the licence of the Home Secretary?


The figures asked for in the first part of the question arc not available; and I have no information to the effect suggested in the second part. I think that a provision by Order in Council somewhat to the effect of Article 22 B of the existing Aliens Restriction Order would be preferable to the suggestion in the last part of the question. The question of continuing that Article in effect is now under examination by the Ministry of Labour.