HC Deb 20 December 1956 vol 562 c1437
15. Mr. Holt

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to be able to remove the temporary ban on the admission of Hungarian refugees into this country.

Major Lloyd-George

I would refer the hon. Member to the statement made on my behalf by my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary in his opening speech in yesterday's debate on Hungary.

Mr. Holt

Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman give the House any information as to the number of refugees who have now been moved out of first and second line reception centres, either into private homes, empty houses, or hostels run by local authorities?

Major Lloyd-George

I can give the hon. Member these figures: 11,500 have come here, and we have had very great congestion at the receiving centres, which at one time ran up to 6,000, but that has now been reduced to 2,000. As my right hon. and learned Friend said yesterday, we hope in the New Year to consider reopening.

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