§ LORD BERESFORD had the following Notice standing in his name on the Order Paper for Tuesday next—
§ To call attention to the number of uninterned aliens in the country, and to ask whether a Return can be given of uninterned aliens; whether a Return can be given of the number of aliens who were naturalised since the war; if it can be stated how many naturalised aliens are employed in Government offices; whether particulars can be given of Mr. Wendt, at present serving under the Road Board; whether he is of German birth, what salary he is getting, and what work he is doing, and who were the persons who undertook to be sponsors for his loyalty; can a Return be given of the number of Germans who have changed their names during the last five years, and whether enemy aliens are now permitted to change their names; who is the official at the Home Office to whom the powers are entrusted for relaxing regulations laid down as regards visits to prisoners of war or interned aliens; to ask for particulars as to the storage of coal by Baron Schroeder; what amount of coal he had ordered during 1917–1918; what amount of coal was found to be in his possession; whether he got permission from the Coal Controller to buy the coal; has the coal been removed, and if not, can a reason be given; and to move for Papers.
§ The noble and gallant Lord said: My Lords, I beg to move that I be given the permission of the House to advance my Motion (now standing for Tuesday next) to Monday next. It would not be respectful to your Lordships if I did not give quite shortly the reasons why I wish to do this. I put down this Motion about inquiry into the aliens in this country twice. It is now 630 down for Tuesday, and I see that the Government have put down four Bills on that day. I do not suppose that the Land Drainage Bill and the Midwives Bill will take long. The Loans (Incumbrance of Benefices) Amendment Bill may; but; the Corn Production (Amendment) Bill will certainly take a long time. Therefore I should again have to postpone my Motion. The Government must be quite aware of the great excitement in the public mind about the aliens—
THE EARL OF CRAWFORD
I cannot guarantee that the Government will reply, but we agree to the Motion to advance the Notice to Monday next.
§ Moved, That the permission of the House be given to Lord Beresford to advance his Notice (now standing from Tuesday next) to Monday next.—(Lord Beresford).
§ On Question, Motion agreed to.