HC Deb 13 December 1956 vol 562 c596
11. Dr. Stross

asked the Minister of Labour what action he is taking to find employment for the British subjects expelled from Egypt; the total number now in Britain; and, of these, how many have been temporarily housed in Swynnerton, Staffordshire.

Mr. Iain Macleod

About 1,000 British subjects have recently arrived here from Egypt, and 370 of them—men, women and children—are at present at Swynnerton. My local officers are interviewing at the hostel those who are seeking employment, and have informed them of a wide selection of vacancies in many parts of the country. Arrangements have also been made for employers to pay personal visits to the hostel.

Dr. Stross

Is the Minister aware—I am sure he is—that great appreciation is felt by the British subjects expelled from Egypt at the treatment which they have received up to date? However, will he bear in mind that some of them are young people who were about to embark on university careers or who were in the middle of technical education courses? Will he approach the Minister of Education to see that those who would have had a university or technical education are not robbed of their opportunities?

Mr. Macleod

Yes, I shall be very glad to make a point of taking that matter up with my right hon. Friend.

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