HC Deb 02 October 1941 vol 374 cc713-4
59. Mr. Wedgwood

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that there are a number of Germans and Austrians, not interned, who desire to apply for the alteration of their present classification under Category B; and whether there is any procedure for making such application?

Mr. H. Morrison

Yes, Sir. I do not think the numbers are large, but I should certainly be prepared to consider an application from any such person to be released from the special restrictions imposed by Articles 6A and 9A of the Aliens Order. I should, however, like to make it clear that in many cases these restrictions were deliberately imposed upon the release of the person concerned from internment, and it is unlikely that I should feel myself able to remove the restrictions in cases of this kind.

62. Commander King-Hall

asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the fact that a friendly alien may not own or have access to a bicycle, while a British-born wife of such an alien may own a bicycle, husband and wife, in such circumstances, are permitted by the police to travel on a tandem bicycle; and, if not, will he consider amending the regulations in order to permit a friendly alien, married to a British-born wife, to share his wife's machine?

Mr. Morrison

The fact that British-born wives of aliens have been exempted from the requirement that aliens must get a police permit for the possession of vehicles does not imply that it would be equally safe to exempt all aliens who have married British-born women. It is open to any alien to apply to the police for a permit, but there is a clear distinction between granting permits in individual cases where the police are satisfied that there is a case for such a concession and granting a general exemption to a whole class of aliens including persons to whom permission would be refused if the case came up for individual scrutiny.