HC Deb 30 January 1947 vol 432 c1101
37. Sir Jocelyn Lucas

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that the ease with which ex-enemy and other aliens are able to change their surnames to respected British names is causing grave concern in business and other circles; and whether he will extend the period in which, for business purposes, they must also state their former names.

Mr. Ede

Aliens are prohibited by law from changing their names unless they receive from me an exemption; and I do not grant such an exemption for business purposes unless I have satisfied myself that the alien has permission to engage in business, that his business appears to be properly conducted and that the proposed name is suitable. The second part of the Question is a matter for my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade.

Mr. Eden

How does the right hon. Gentleman decide whether the proposed name is suitable?

Mr. Ede

It is far more easy to decide when it is unsuitable.

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