§ 27. Mr. ALBERY
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the number of undesirable aliens of Russian nationality who have actually been deported since he assumed office; and how many of such persons were ordered for deportation by British Courts previous to the resumption of diplomatic relations?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Clynes)
When I came into office in June last I found outstanding some four cases of reputed Russians recommended by Courts for deportation. Between that date and the end of the year 21 similar cases were recommended, all prior to the resumption of diplomatic relations. The number of deportation orders actually made is two and the aliens concerned have left the country. In 11 613 cases investigation has definitely failed to establish Soviet Russian or any other alien nationality. In three cases I decided in view of all the circumstances not to order deportation. Investigation is proceeding in the remaining cases, which include a number in which the sentences of imprisonment passed by the Courts have not yet expired.
§ Mr. ALBERY
Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether those two deportations have taken place since we resumed diplomatic relations with Russia?
§ Mr. D. G. SOMERVILLE
Is it not a fact that these men or women are maintained at the expense of this country?
§ Rear - Admiral BEAMISH
Can the right hon. Gentleman give the date when these two men were deported, and can he say whether he can hold out any hopes that the nationality of the others he mentioned will, in fact, be established?