HC Deb 04 March 1947 vol 434 cc221-2
15. Mr. William Shepherd

asked the Minister of Labour if he is now prepared to grant permits to Italians to undertake agricultural and mining work, where they desire to return to this country for the purpose of marrying English women.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour (Mr. Ness Edwards)

Subject to the usual safeguards, sympathetic consideration will be given to individual cases.

Mr. Shepherd

Does the hon. Gentleman's answer indicate a change of policy? Are we to take it that, henceforth, cases can be submitted with a reasonable prospect of success?

Mr. Ness Edwards

I do not think that I can do more than reiterate what I have said in the answer. Sympathetic consideration will be given to individual cases, and in that sense it represents a widening of the door.

Mr. Marples

Is the hon. Gentleman aware of a case which I recently sent to him, of an English girl who had a child by an Italian, that the Italian wished to return to this country to work as an agricultural labourer, and to marry the girl, but was not given permission by his Department?

Mr. Ness Edwards

I should be obliged if the hon. Gentleman would refer that case to my Department again.