HC Deb 16 July 1959 vol 609 c586
62. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has received from the General Committee of the World Refugee Year regarding the acceptance by Great Britain of refugees suffering from tuberculosis, either as immigrants with their families, or for treatment pending emigration elsewhere to join their families.

The Secretary of State for the Home Department and Lord Privy Seal (Mr. R. A. Butler)

Among the proposals put forward by the Committee is the admission of 150 refugees comprising both families and single persons, some of whom may require treatment or supervision for tubercular infection.

Mr. Robinson

Will the right hon. Gentleman say what is his response to this very modest request of the Committee? Will he give an assurance that it will be favourably considered, and will he give the Committee a prompt reply?

Mr. Butler

Her Majesty's Government have accepted, in principle, the Committee's proposals, which were submitted on 1st July. I think that that is the answer to the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question.