HC Deb 31 October 1956 vol 558 cc1413-4
21. Mr. Weitzman

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonics whether he is aware that many colonial immigrants, mainly West Indians, are seen, on their arrival in this country, wandering with their baggage late at night seeking shelter ; and whether he will take steps to ensure suitable accommodation is available for them.

The Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. Alan Lennox-Boyd)

No, Sir. I am satisfied that adequate arrangements have been made by the British Caribbean Welfare Service, in co-operation with the L.C.C. and voluntary welfare agencies, to ensure that migrants are not left without accommodation for the night on arrival in this country.

Mr. Weitzman

Arising out of that reply, will the Secretary of State say what up-to-date information as to employment and accommodation in this country is made available to these people before they leave their country?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

It is done in every possible way in which it can be done without interfering with the right of British citizens to move freely within the British Commonwealth. I am satisfied, from talks with the Governors of Barbados and Jamaica, that all that can be done is now being done.