HC Deb 07 April 1930 vol 237 cc1750-1
12. Mr. ALLEN

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the dismissal of many British and Canadian subjects from employment in the United States of America on the ground of their British nationality, and seeing that no provision is made for unemployment relief in America, he will instruct His Majesty's Consuls in the United States of America to provide facilities for all dismissed men who are without resources to return to their countries of origin?


Consular officers have standing authority to repatriate in suitable cases at public expense any British subject, who is a native of Great Britain or Northern Ireland and becomes destitute in his consular district, provided that there are no means of assisting the case locally. British subjects belonging to Canada can be dealt with similarly provided that the sanction of the Canadian Government is obtained. I would like to take the opportunity of stating that I have no information to show that British subjects have been treated any less favourably that other foreigners in the course of the dismissals referred to by the hon. Member.


Will the right hon. Gentleman make inquiries to ascertain whether it is not a fact that British subjects were dismissed owing to their nationality, and before Americans who were employed by the same firms, and will he publish the names of the firms who carried out these dismissals, in order flat we in this country may boycott the firms who have been victimising British subjects?


I must take the latter part of the supplementary question into very serious consideration.