HC Deb 10 May 1938 vol 335 c1405
32. Mr. Mander

asked the Home Secretary the circumstances in which British visas are in future only to be given to former Austrian subjects who can show that they are in no danger of losing their German nationality?

Sir S. Hoare

An applicant for a visa who wishes to pay a temporary visit to this country is ordinarily required to be in possession of a passport valid for return to his country, but I have issued instructions that an application by the holder of an Austrian passport who wishes to emigrate and settle in this country will be considered on its merits without regard to the fact that the holder may not be able to return to Austria.

Mr. Mander

Is the present sympathetic policy in this matter to be continued unchanged?

Sir S. Hoare

Yes, Sir, certainly.

Mr. Petherick

Will my right hon. Friend always have regard to the fact that there is still very heavy unemployment in this country?

Mr. Leach

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether he has made any provision yet for the political refugee from Spen Valley?