§ 26. Mr. ALBERY
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will state how many persons who entered this country with presumed Russian nationality are now resident here but not in the occupation or employment for which their entry was sanctioned?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Short)
I regret that the information desired by the hon. Member is not available.
§ 28. Commander BELLAIRS
asked the Home Secretary for what reason the two Spanish refugees were refused permission to land in this country
§ Mr. SHORT
The two Spaniards to whom I think the question refers arrived here on the 2nd instant in transit for France. They were in possession of irregular documents, and as, moreover, they had no visa for France, the immigration officer decided in the exercise of his discretion to refuse them leave to land. The case was reported to my right hon. Friend, but he could see no reason for any intervention on his part.
§ Commander BELLAIRS
Will the Home Office preserve the right of asylum for refugees in this country?
§ Mr. HARRIS
In view of the fact that these two gentlemen are political 342 refugees, may I ask if it has not been the custom from time immemorial that political refugees should be allowed to come to this country?
§ 37. Commander BELLAIRS
asked the Home Secretary how many known cases of escaped prisoners from Soviet Russia there are in this country; and whether, in all cases during his term of office, escaped Russian prisoners have been permitted to remain or, if not, whether any have been deported to Russia?