§ 44. Sir P. Hannon
asked the Home Secretary whether he is satisfied that rigid examination of the character and antecedents of refugees from continental countries has been conducted by the immigration officers at the ports where such people have been received; and whether 1127 supervision is being maintained over all such refugees in their disposition throughout this country?
§ Mr. Peake
Yes, Sir. War refugees from countries invaded by the enemy are subjected to a close examination at the ports and at the reception centres. As regards the second part of the Question, my right hon. Friend made an order on 21st May imposing on all such alien refugees restrictions on their freedom of movement and on the possession or use of certain articles such as cameras, motor-cars, etc. They are also required to complete a detailed questionnaire about themselves, and appropriate action is taken in respect of any individual about whose reliability there is any doubt.
§ Sir P. Hannon
Is consultation taking place from time to time with the Embassies of the countries from which these people may come, in order to satisfy the Home Office that they are all right?
§ Mr. Garro Jones
Can the Hon. Gentleman assure the House that a constant track is maintained on all these refugees, and can he say that the whereabouts of all of them are now known to the police?
§ Mr. Mathers
Is it possible for such refugees as can be vouched for to find employment in the freedom which is given to them?
§ Mr. Lipson
Has it ever been found, as a result of the inquiries into who these war refugees are, that an enemy agent has been trying to get through?