§ 13. Mr. Day
asked the Minister of Labour the number of aliens who have been admitted to Great Britain during the three years ended to the last convenient date for the purpose of filling clerical occupations; what inquiries are made by his Department before permits are granted; and whether any steps are taken to ascertain whether such work can be efficiently executed by unemployed British subjects?
§ Mr. E. Brown
Excluding student-employés and persons required for administrative and executive posts, the numbers of foreigners in respect of whom permission was granted to fill clerical posts in each of the years 1935, 1936 and 1937, were 375, 439 and 515, respectively. Permission is granted only after my Department has satisfied itself that all possible steps have been taken to secure a resident of this country for the post and that the employment of a foreigner is reasonable and necessary.
§ Colonel Nathan
Are not a number of these persons refugees seeking asylum in this country from persecution in Germany?
§ Mr. R. Acland
Has not this country in the past derived enormous advantage from allowing refugees from foreign persecution the right of asylum?