HC Deb 31 January 1939 vol 343 cc46-7
40. Major Stourton

asked the Home Secretary what guarantees are required on behalf of aliens entering this country to ensure against the admission of undesirable characters?

Sir S. Hoare

The chief safeguard against the admission of undesirable persons is the provision in the Aliens Order that no foreigner can enter this country unless he satisfies the Immigration Officer that leave can properly be given him to land. If the alien has to be in possession of a visa before he can proceed to the United Kingdom, he must also satisfy the British Passport Control Officer or Consul that he is of good character. I have power, moreover, to deport an alien who is recommended for deportation by a court in this country or if I deem it conducive to the public good to do so.

Major Stourton

Is my right hon. Friend aware that, in spite of precautions taken by the Home Office, many undesirable aliens have got through the net into this country in the past?

Sir S. Hoare

I am afraid that there are always some people who get through. But I have no reason to think that our safeguards are inadequate.

Sir William Davison

Will my right hon. Friend see that undesirable aliens are not getting into this country from Eire or the Irish Free State, where the admission of aliens is under different conditions from those in this country?

Sir S. Hoare

I think that my hon. Friend had better put that question on the Paper.

Mr. Petherick

Will my right hon. Friend's Department exercise more care concerning Stateless aliens coming into this country whom it is impossible to get rid of by deportation?

Sir S. Hoare

That is one of the considerations that we have to take into account.