§ 34. Sir ALFRED BEIT
asked the Minister of Labour whether there exists at the present time any system of exchange whereby the number of aliens working by permit in this country is offset, partially or wholly, by British subjects from the United Kingdom working under similar permission in foreign countries?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of LABOUR (Mr. R. S. Hudson)
Under arrangements with certain countries, including France, 1641 Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, facilities are granted to British subjects to take employment in those countries in exchange for similar facilities granted by the United Kingdom to their nationals. These arrangements relate principally to employés in hotels and restaurants and to teachers in schools; the number of admissions is about 700 each year. Apart from such arrangements, a similar number of student-employés are permitted to enter commercial and industrial concerns, corresponding facilities being granted to British students abroad.
§ Sir A. BEIT
Do the actual numbers more or less equalise each other in the arrangement to which the hon. Gentleman refers?
§ Mr. HUDSON
Yes, approximately. Although we do not keep any actual figures of British subjects going abroad, we have reason to believe that they more or less balance.