§ 33. Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to include citizens of the Republic of Ireland in the operation of the Commonwealth Immigrants Act, 1962.
§ Mr. Lloyd
Does the right hon. and learned Gentleman recollect that his right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary, as official spokesman for the Labour Party, made the exclusion of Southern Ireland from the Commonwealth 615 Immigrants Bill the main issue of principle upon which the opposition of the party opposite to the Bill was based? Am I to understand that there may be a change in the attitude of the Government on this question?
§ Sir F. Soskice
Quite naturally, I carefully studied all the speeches which have been delivered in the course of the many debates on this difficult and emotive subject. All I can say is that, having held this office for one month, and having considered the various pros and cons, I am not in a position to say that I have at present any proposals in regard to the matter to which the right hon. Gentleman's Question relates.