HC Deb 03 April 1947 vol 435 c2220
73. Mr. Levy

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that Mr. Simon Groshut, who served in the British Army and was for four years a prisoner of war in Germany, has now received an offer of employment here, which was his Department's condition of admitting him; and whether he will now allow him to come and rejoin his wife, who has four years' service in the A.T.S., and has a British baby hitherto separated from its father.

Mr. Ede

I dealt fully with this case in my answer of 10th October, and stated that admission could only be authorised for employment for which the Minister of Labour was prepared to grant a permit. As my hon. Friend knows the Minister has not been able to grant a permit in respect of the particular employment offered.

Mr. Levy

Is my right hon. Friend aware that this condition, which would not have been imposed on this man if he had been a Pole who had served in the German Army, is tantamount to final exclusion, because it really is not easy for a man to obtain the offer of a job here from a distance of 2,000 miles, and if, when by a miracle he does so, he is to be refused it because it is the wrong one, what is he to do?

Mr. Ede

That is a question which should be directed to the Minister of Labour.