HC Deb 28 October 1919 vol 120 cc472-3

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether lie will state the number of enemy aliens, distinguishing between Germans and other enemy aliens, who were in this country uninterned at the date of the Armistice; and how many of these persons have since been repatriated?


I regret that I cannot give the precise figures asked for as no census was taken on the date of the Armistice, but I hope that the following figures will serve the hon. and learned Member's purpose. According to a census taken in July, 1918, the alien enemies at liberty in this country numbered 10.749 males (including 5,785 Germans) and 10,216 females (5,965 Germans). A census in July, 1919, showed 9,613 males (5,446 Germans) and 9,041 females (5,321 Germans). The differences between these figures represent repatriations, fresh internments and the recognition as alien friends of persons belonging to friendly races who were at the earlier date technically subjects of enemy Powers.