HC Deb 02 March 1955 vol 537 c2062
45. Mr. F. M. Bennett

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many Portuguese Africans have applied to immigration officers for permission to enter Nyasaland since the Aliens Restrictions Rules were applied to Africans in September, 1953.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

None, Sir.

Mr. Bennett

Is it not unfortunately the fact that in the meanwhile illegal immigration has been going on into Nyasaland, and would not my right hon. Friend agree that everything possible ought to be done to curtail this in the interests of the indigenous population?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I quite agree.

Mr. J. Johnson

Is it not a fact that tens of thousands of these Portuguese Africans are coming over the line without permission and are being used by the European plantation owners as cheap labour, which means that thousands of Africans have to work in the mines and on the land in the Union in order to get jobs?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I have no information that that is the case. Undoubtedly the number of people who want to live under British administration seems to grow every year, but I will look into that point.