§ 81. Mr. Parker
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that Mr. Harper W. Poulson, an American student at London University, has recently acted as unpaid editor of "Student Forum"; that on 1st February, 1939, he was told he must surrender his connection with this undergraduate paper or leave the country; and whether he will make it clear that foreign students will in future be allowed to play a full part in all undergraduate activities?
§ The Undersecretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd)
An application was made in August last to engage the whole-time services of Mr. Poulson as managing director of "Student Forum," Limited, and editor of the paper "Student Forum" at a salary of £200 per annum, and it was represented that Mr. Poulson had been a sub-editor, had sold advertising space and had technical knowledge of printing and publishing. As it appeared that this appointment was similar to an ordinary commercial appointment, and as Mr. Poulson had been admitted to this country as a student and not for purposes of employment, the application was refused. When it was found this year that Mr. Poulson was nevertheless acting as a director and editor, he was warned that it would not be possible to allow his stay in this 1922 country to continue. Subsequently, however, information has been received to the effect that the earlier proposal of running this paper with a paid staff has been abandoned, and that Mr. Poulson's position is that of a student giving voluntary assistance to a student publication. If this be so, there will be no objection to Mr. Poulson continuing such activities as are consonant with his position as a student.
Are we to understand that it is the Under-Secretary's view that foreign students at universities are free to give unpaid help to student magazines?
§ Miss Wilkinson
Will the hon. Gentleman say whether in the present condition of affairs his Department could not find something far better to do than fussing about a matter of the pocket-money of students?
§ Mr. Noel-Baker
Are we to understand from the previous answer given by the Under-Secretary that there are certain circumstances in which foreign students would be prevented from giving voluntary help to student papers?
§ Mr. Noel-Baker
Do we understand that foreign students in general are to be prevented from giving voluntary service?
Will Mr. Poulson be permitted to remain in this country to the normal end of his university career?