HC Deb 14 July 1938 vol 338 cc1495-6
24. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that during the period from 1920 to 1930 many highly-skilled engineers migrated to the United States of America and took out American naturalisation papers; and can facilities be arranged to enable men who desire to return to this country in cases where employment can be found owing to their high degree of skill?

Sir S. Hoare

Yes, Sir. Special consideration is given to any application for a visa to return to this country by any British-born person falling within the class mentioned.

Mr. Smith

Is it not a fact that difficulties are created on the other side with regard to this matter; and, if so, cannot consultations take place between the right hon. Gentleman's representatives and the United States Government with a view to eliminating those difficulties?

Sir S. Hoar

I do not know about that. That, I think, would be a question for the Foreign Office.