HC Deb 07 March 1940 vol 358 c553
42. Mr. Duncan

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware of the readiness with which prominent people have been vouching for the integrity of certain aliens, and whether he will issue regulations for the sponsoring of these aliens involving penalties for infringement which will make these persons realise their responsibilities?

Sir J. Anderson

I have no information to support the suggestion that prominent people regard lightly the responsibility which they undertake when they vouch for the integrity of aliens. Information about an alien may, of course, be either adverse or in his favour; and, in my view, the proper way of dealing with this matter is not by a new system of penal sanctions but by encouraging a sense of public responsibility. Perhaps this Question and answer may help to secure that end.

Mr. Cocks

Will the right hon. Gentleman note the danger of evil influences in high social circles?

Sir J. Anderson

We are taking note of all these matters.