HC Deb 13 June 1940 vol 361 c1361
6. Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour whether British citizens of military age, such as Mr. W. H. Auden and Mr. Christopher Isherwood, who have gone to the United States and expressed their determination not to return to this country until war is over, will be summoned back for registration and calling up, in view of the fact that they are seeking refuge abroad?

Mr. Assheton

I have no information with regard to Mr. Isherwood. Mr. Austin gave an undertaking before leaving the country that he would return if called upon to do so; he is outside the age groups so far required to register under the National Service (Armed Forces) Act.

Mr. Mathers

On a point of Order. There is no mention of Mr. Austin in this Question.

Sir J. Lucas

Is my hon. Friend aware of the indignation caused by young men leaving the country and saying that they will not fight? If they are not registered as conscientious objectors will he see that they lose their citizenship?

Mr. Assheton

No exit permits would be issued by the Home Office now.

Mr. Cocks

Will the hon. Gentleman take steps to deprive these people of British nationality?