HC Deb 18 February 1943 vol 386 c1924
17. Mr. Leslie

asked the Home Secretary the number of alien waiters who were interned in the Isle of Man or shipped to Australia who have been released to serve again in hotels and restaurants; and whether these aliens are under police supervision?

Mr. H. Morrison

The statistics desired are not available, but releases of interned aliens to resume employment in hotels or restaurants have, as a general rule, been made only after consultation with the Ministry of Labour and National Service, and after due consideration of the question whether the alien was not fit for some form of war work, and whether his employment in a hotel or restaurant would release someone else for war work. The answer to the last part of the Question is in the affirmative, and I may add that the International Labour Force (Registration of Austrians, Germans and Italians) Order, 1941, enables the Minister of Labour and National Service to keep under constant review the employments on which aliens are engaged.

Mr. Leslie

Does not the Minister realise that when these aliens are employed in preference to British workers there is great danger, especially when they have not been naturalised and still owe allegiance to their mother country?

Mr. Morrison

I can assure my hon. Friend that that point is kept in mind.