HC Deb 18 October 1945 vol 414 c1349
15. Sir Robert Young

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-Fascist German refugees are in this country; how many have been repatriated; and what steps are being taken to enable those still in this country to return to Germany or any other country chosen by them.

Mr. Ede

About 29,000 of the Germans registered with the police are in this country on a temporary basis, but I cannot say without examination of individual files how many are anti-Fascist refugees. The answer to the second part of the Question is that no German refugee has been compulsorily repatriated. As regards the third part, no obstacle will be placed by me in the way of any refugee returning to Germany or to any country which will admit him, but there are of course transport difficulties and I am unable to assist refugees to obtain permission to enter other countries.

Sir R. Young

How many of these refugees applied to be repatriated anywhere else?

Mr. Ede

I cannot answer without notice.