HC Deb 30 May 1945 vol 411 cc195-6
15. Commander Locker-Lampson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is considering making an international pass available for all refugees; and whether he will consult with the Norwegian Government with regard to the use of the Nansen passport for this purpose.

Mr. Eden

I assume that my hon. and gallant Friend is referring to those refugees who are Stateless and consequently have no right to a national passport. I understand that the Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees has set up a commission of experts to study this question in all its aspects and there is, in consequence, no need for independent action by His Majesty's Government. Nansen passports are not the specific concern of the Norwegian Government.

Commander Locker-Lampson

Is not the right hon. Gentleman, as prince of pacificators, certain never to dilute our ideals in this respect?

Mr. Noel-Baker

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that the Nansen passport rendered great service to Stateless persons after the last war, and will His Majesty's Government support proposals for the same passport now?

Mr. Eden

I agree about the value of the Nansen passport. The matter is being considered by the Inter-governmental Committee, but whether they will want the same procedure or a slightly different one, I do not know.

Earl Winterton

Is it not the case that this is a matter that will require the assent of other Governments, and that that is why the Committee over which I preside is considering the matter?