HC Deb 04 December 1946 vol 431 cc437-8

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Clause stand part of the Bill."

Mr. J. Foster

I would like to know whether or not au pair arrangements are legal under this Clause. As the learned Solicitor-General probably knows, an au pair arrangement is one whereby, let us say, his daughter goes to Switzerland and stays with a Swiss family for a month and in return he has the daughter of the Swiss family to stay with him for a month. A number of such advertisements appeared in "The Times" recently. I would appreciate a statement, "Yes" or "No," whether those au pair arrangements are or are not compensation deals within Clause 7.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

The answer is that they are allowable. If, technically, it is found that they are not, then steps will be taken under one of the orders issued under Clause 31 to see that they come within the ambit of the exceptions. I say that with the proviso that if it were found later that, under the guise of exchanging residences, in order to learn the language of the other country, the arrangement was abused—I cannot see how it could be, but suppose it were—then obviously that exception would have to be withdrawn. But the answer to the question put to me by the hon. Gentleman is that it would be allowable under the terms of the Clause.

Question put, and agreed to.

Clause ordered to stand part of the Bill.