HC Deb 22 October 1942 vol 383 c2105
76. Colonel Cazalet

asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of recent pronouncements by the Government, former Austrian citizens now in this country will be permitted to change the designation of their identity cards from German to Austrian if they wish to do so?

Mr. H. Morrison

I would refer to the answer I gave to the Question on this subject by my non. Friend the Member for East Wolverhampton (Mr. Mander) on 15th instant.

Colonel Cazalet

Although such a change may not alter the status of these individuals, would it not, from the psychological point of view, be a great relief and comfort to them?

Mr. Morrison

I am afraid that we should get into complications. It does not follow because a person comes from Austria that he is more loyal than if he comes from Germany. It would be most unwise to give this sentimental concession, which would only land us into difficulties before we were much older.

Mr. Astor

Will the Minister pay particular attention to the cases of Austrians who never accepted the Anschluss, and who refused to register with German Consulates for German passports?