HC Deb 15 February 1940 vol 357 cc926-7
25. Colonel Wedgwood

asked the Home Secretary whether, in the interests of police efficiency, citizens of Eire will in future be required to have visas for this country and to be under the same restrictions as other aliens; and will he introduce legislation to this end?

Sir J. Anderson

No, Sir. Even if the principle underlying the right hon. Gentleman's Question could be accepted, there would remain a number of practical considerations. The many contacts and relations between people in the United Kingdom and in Eire and the existence of a land boundary between Eire and part of the United Kingdom render the problem of controlling passenger traffic with Eire entirely different from the problem of controlling such traffic with foreign countries. The steps that are being taken were indicated in my reply to a previous Question by the right hon. Gentleman on 7th December last.

Colonel Wedgwood

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the police are satisfied that with the powers they have at the present time they are able to suppress these outrages?

Sir J. Anderson

I have had no representations from the police to the contrary.

Mr. Gallacher

Will the Minister consider doing away with partition and solving the problem?