HC Deb 01 December 1955 vol 546 c2483
8. Mr. F. Noel-Baker

asked the Minister of Labour on what grounds officials of his Department grant or refuse to aliens permission to work in the United Kingdom.

Sir W. Monckton

Permits for the engagement of foreigners coming to this country from abroad are issued by me as required by Article 4 (1) (b) of the Aliens Order, 1953. The general conditions for issue are that the proposed employment is reasonable and necessary and that adequate efforts have been made by the employer to find suitable workers among British subjects or long-resident foreigners. The wages and other conditions proposed must be not less favourable than those commonly accorded to British workers. Subject to these, consideration is given to individual cases according to their particular circumstances.

Mr. Noel-Baker

While thanking the Minister for that Answer, may I ask him whether, in these days of full employment, he will instruct his officials to treat really sympathetically the cases of foreigners who want to come to work in this country, not taking anybody else's job but doing work that is useful to the community as a whole?

Sir W. Monckton

Yes, Sir.