HC Deb 10 May 1938 vol 335 c1419
34. Brigadier-General Spears

asked the Home Secretary whether he will consider distinguishing between refugees for political and racial reasons and other aliens when granting permits to foreign nationals taking up domestic service in this country?

Sir S. Hoare

An employer in this country who wishes to engage the services of a foreign domestic from abroad is required to obtain a permit from my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour, and to satisfy him that he is unable to obtain the services of a person in this country for the post in question. The employer is, of course, required to state the nationality of the person to be engaged, but I understand that it is not the practice of my right hon. Friend to put questions to the employer as to such person's race or religion. In the case of refugees admitted to this country, sympathetic consideration is given to the question of allowing them to take employment.

Mr. De la Bère

Is my right hon. Friend aware that down Evesham way we believe in British girls for British homes?