HC Deb 06 December 1934 vol 295 cc1797-9

asked the Secretary of State for the Home

Depressed areas (including country boroughs) within the counties of

Northumberland and Durham 174,200
Cumberland 12,300
Monmouth, Glamorgan, Brecon and Pembroke 110,650
Depressed areas in Scotland 100,400

29. Mr. BATEY

asked the Minister of Health the number of able-bodied persons in receipt of Poor Law relief, on the latest available date, in each area covered by the Depressed Areas Bill?

The MINISTER of HEALTH (Sir Hilton Young)

As the answer contains a number of figures in tabular form, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

The returns made to my Department do not distinguish able-bodied persons in receipt of poor relief and moreover relate to county boroughs and counties as a whole. The figures available are for the numbers; of persons ordinarily engaged in some regular occupation, and include their dependants. The figures also include cases in which the primary cause or relief was sickness and not unemployment.

Department whether he is aware that on the 15th November an American citizen, named Nathan Adler, was detained at King George V dock and private papers and letters of introduction to well-known British citizens confiscated; whether such action is the regular practice in cases of refusal to allow aliens to land under Section 13 (a) of the Aliens Order; and what were the grounds of the refusal to allow Adler to land in this country?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir John Gilmour)

The person referred to was refused leave to land because the Immigration Officer was not satisfied as to his reasons for seeking admission to this country. His documents were detained for examination under the powers of the Aliens Order but were returned to him before the ship sailed.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the person referred to had letters of introduction to prominent British citizens and had more than £60 in his possession as required by section 13 of the Order; arid does he not think that the whole thing was irregular?


No, Sir. I have gone into the matter carefully, and I am quite satisfied that it was not.