HC Deb 04 December 1947 vol 445 cc539-40
2. Mr. Anthony Greenwood

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why he has authorised the re-entry to this country of the Quaglino brothers, who returned to Italy in 1940 with other Fascist sympathisers in the party of the then Italian Ambassador; and what steps he is taking to ensure that they refrain from political activities.

Mr. Ede

Permission was given to these two brothers to come to this country for a visit to deal with the business interests which they acquired during their residence here before the war. They will be expected to leave as soon as the purpose of their business visit has been fulfilled. I have no reason to suppose that they will engage in undesirable activities but in the event of them engaging in activities other than the business purposes for which the visit was authorised their stay would be terminated immediately.

Mr. Greenwood

May I ask my right hon. Friend to bear in mind that although, since putting down this Question, I have heard that the two men performed valuable services to the Allied cause during the war, there is still some disquiet that they should have been admitted to this country while many hundreds of others are refused admission?

Mr. Ede

If the others have as good reasons, and they submit them to me, they will be admitted.

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