HC Deb 14 December 1939 vol 355 cc1257-8
26. Miss Rathbone

asked the Home Secretary whether he has now considered the advisability of granting some right of appeal, similar to that enjoyed by interned aliens, to those aliens who have not been thought deserving of internment by the alien tribunals but have been placed in Category B and so subjected to the continuance of restrictions which impede their opportunities of becoming self-supporting and leave them under the stigma of being described as enemy aliens?

Sir J. Anderson

I am at present considering how the request that has been made for a further systematic review of these cases can best be met, but the matter is not free from difficulty and I regret that I am not yet in a position to make any statement on the subject.

Miss Rathbone

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there are a number of refugees subject to these restrictions whose labour is urgently needed in setting up factories which promise to employ a substantial number of British workers, and will he consider examples of such cases with a view to expediting the freeing of these refugees from restrictions?

Sir J. Anderson

I am always prepared to consider representations made in regard to particular cases, but my answer dealt with the systematic review of these cases.

Mr. Lipson

Have the Home Office the information on which decisions were arrived at to place persons in category B?

Sir J. Anderson

Not in every case pending the report of the decisions of the tribunal.