§ 28. Miss Wilkinson
asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that Captain Luis Antonio Bolin, the chief of the Press to General Franco, is now in England; that while in this country he is working at the Gaumont-British studios; and whether a labour permit has been applied for and granted to him?
§ Sir S. Hoare
It appears from the Home Office records that this person was resident in this country from 1923 to 1928 and from 1931 to the end of 1935, and that he returned here on 2nd June. I understand that since he returned to this country he has not been employed by Gaumont British Studios and the only work he has recently done at the studios, for which he received no payment, was to speak a few introductory words in Spanish in a film which is being booked for South America. In the circumstances no question of a permit arises.
§ Miss Wilkinson
Does the Minister think that in view of this gentleman's record in connection with the Press in Spain, and that he has been personally responsible for physical threats to French and British journalists, it is a sufficient reason for allowing this gentleman to return to this country during the present Spanish conflict?
§ Sir S. Hoare
I know nothing of the record to which the hon. Member has referred, but if she will send me any information on the subject I will consider it.
§ Brigadier-General Sir Henry Croft
Will the right hon. Gentleman take note of the desire expressed in the House that aliens should not come into this country to take the place of British workers?