§ 31. Mr. Keeling
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that an American, required by a British firm to train aircraft crews in the operation of apparatus used in survey work for Government Departments and local authorities, has been trying for nearly two months to get permission to remain in this country; and whether, to avoid further delay in the preparation of maps required for housing and town planning, he will now give a decision.
§ Mr. Ede
The first application to my Department in this matter was dated 6th June. I am advised by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour that British subjects, with specialised qualifications in photogrammetry, including ex-members of the R.A.F., are available 1372 for this type of employment, and that further men with these qualifications are expected to register on the Technical and Scientific Register as they become demobilised. In the circumstances, I regret that permission cannot be given for this American to enter this employment.
§ Mr. Keeling
The 6th June being six weeks ago, is the right hon. Gentleman aware that these long drawn out delays are holding up the work of the country? Could he not in some cases get the officials concerned to settle the matter round the table, instead of firing minutes at one another?