HC Deb 13 April 1927 vol 205 cc365-6
25. Captain GARRO-JONES

asked the Minister of Labour how many permits were issued for the immigration of aliens to employment in this country during 1924, 1925 and 1926, including permits granted for re-entry and extended sojourn?


I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the answer to a similar question by him which was printed in the OFFICIAL REPORT yesterday. When a permit is granted to enable an alien to re-enter the country, it is counted as a new permit issued. No record is kept of the cases in which a permit is issued for a limited period and the period is subsequently extended.


On a point of Order. I addressed a written question on this subject to the right hon. Gentleman about a fortnight ago asking for a written reply on 4th April. Not having received an answer, I put down an oral question for answer yesterday, and not until yesterday did I receive the written reply. In those circumstances, may I ask whether I can have a full reply orally to-day?


if it was given to the House yesterday, that would be vain repetition.


Arising out of the Minister's reply, may I ask if he is aware that more than 15,000 aliens have been admitted to this country within the last three years, and that the number is increasing year by year; and will he take some steps to reduce the number of aliens who are coming in and who take employment which might equally well be given to our own people?


I will consult with my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary as to whether there is any point which needs further investigation.


I ask the Minister whether he will observe the new Liberalism?


Is not the responsibility the Minister's of seeing that none of these aliens can come in without a written permit from him?


The responsibility in certain cases is mine, and in certain cases it belongs to my right hon. Friend. Therefore, we have to settle the matter between us.

Lieut.-Colonel HOWARD-BURY

Why not amalgamate the two Departments?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir William Joynson-Hicks)

Certainly not.