HC Deb 07 December 1939 vol 355 cc809-10
41. Colonel Wedgwood

asked the Home Secretary what steps are now being taken to prevent Irish citizens coming to this country in search of constructive or destructive work?

Sir J. Anderson

Subject to compliance with the requirement that every passenger must land at an approved port and be in possession of a passport or document of identity, there is no restriction on the entry of any British subject into this country for the purpose of seeking employment. A close watch is kept however, to prevent the entry of any person who has been expelled or can be prohibited from entering under the Preven- tion of Violence (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1939.

Colonel Wedgwood

How can the right hon. Gentleman distinguish between Irish citizens as to whether they are coming here for constructive or destructive work?

Sir J. Anderson

It is not a simple problem.

Mr. J. Morgan

Would this apply to the Orkney Islands?