HC Deb 01 December 1955 vol 546 cc2499-500
35. Mr. Swingler

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why he has refused a visa to John Addison Wolfard, thereby preventing him from accompanying his British wife to the United Kingdom.

Major Lloyd-George

I did not consider that it would be in the public interest to authorise a visa in this case.

Mr. Swingler

Surely the policy of the Home Secretary about granting visas to aliens is based on the recognition of certain human rights as well as on the right of political asylum? While the question of political asylum does not arise in this case, is it not most undesirable that husbands or wives of British citizens should be excluded from visiting this country unless some very powerful political reason can be produced?

Major Lloyd-George

The policy of the Home Office towards foreign husbands of British wives is certainly liberal, and has nothing to do with this case.

Mr. J. Hynd

Does not the answer that this would not be in the public interest ignore other considerations and is that not precisely the attitude to which we objected so strongly in the case of Russian wives who were refused permission to travel with their husbands?

Major Lloyd-George

That is a quite different case; there is no analogy at all.