HC Deb 16 October 1945 vol 414 cc898-9
27. Flight-Lieutenant Teeling

asked the Minister of Labour if he will arrange for South American volunteers with dual nationality, serving in the British Forces, to be classified as Class B for release if either our ambassador or the ambassador of a South American country in Great Britain certify that they are required for work essential either to the South American country or to British trade with that country.

Mr. Isaacs

No, Sir. If in any particular case the services of a South American volunteer serving in His Majesty's Forces are regarded as essential for urgent work of reconstruction, it is open to his employer or, if he has been in business on his own account, to the man himself, to apply through the appropriate Government Department in this country for his release as an individual specialist in Class B.

Flight-Lieutenant Teeling

In view of the fact that there are some 1,366 men and about 211 women who could be valuable ambassadors for us abroad, could the right hon. Gentleman indicate in more detail how these people can get out to take up foreign businesses abroad?

Mr. Isaacs

I will look into the point which the hon. and gallant Gentleman has raised. I am not sure that it is covered by the Question, but I will examine it.

Sir J. Lucas

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the great delay which is caused, for instance, by having to send telegrams?

Mr. Isaacs

I do not think any difficulty is put in the way by the Ministry of Labour.