HC Deb 08 December 1938 vol 342 cc1343-4
28. Captain Ramsay

asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the fact that many aliens are now seeking to enter this country, he will consider making it a condition of granting permits that an undertaking is given to refrain from political activities in this country?

Mr. Lloyd

Aliens cannot vote, but as regards expression of political views, the general principle followed in administering the Aliens Acts is that foreigners while in this country should have the freedom which is allowed by our laws to all persons within their jurisdiction. There are, however, cases in which special considerations may make it necessary to impose certain restrictions. For example, it would be inconsistent with the Govern- ment's policy of non-intervention in the Spanish contest to allow foreigners to come into this country for the purpose of advocating the cause of either of the two Spanish parties.

Mr. Thurtle

Does that apply to Spanish grandees as well as to ordinary people?

Captain Ramsay

Does it apply also to those taking part in processions, many of which are largely composed of aliens?

Mr. Lloyd

I think that my answer is quite complete.