HL Deb 20 July 1927 vol 68 cc719-21

Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.

does exercise a discretion in this matter, and to say that no case has arisen merely strengthens my position. This is a permanent measure, and what I am asking is that, if we have an emergency measure giving special powers to the Home Secretary which he exercises in a particular way, care should be taken in a Bill for permanency that in this respect there should be a statutory provision. All I ask is that want of means alone shall not be a sufficient bar. The mere fact that a man is fleeing from religious persecution is not sufficient to entitle him to be admitted, but if he is fleeing from religious persecution and nothing but want of means can be urged against him, then my Amendment will apply.

On Question, Whether the said words shall be there inserted?—

Their Lordships divided: Contents, 19; Not-Contents, 46.

Canterbury, L. Abp. Buxton, E. Gainford, L.
Muir Mackenzie, L.
Lincolnshire, M. (L. Great Chamberlain.) Southwark, L. Bp. [Teller.] Olivier, L.
Parmoor, L.
Arnold, L. Shaw, L.
Reading, M. Ashton of Hyde, L. Stanmore, L. [Teller.]
Charnwood, L. Strachie, L.
Beauchamp, E. Farrer, L. Swaything, L.
Treowen, L.
Cave, V. (L. Chancellor.) Mayo, E. Danesfort, L.
Midleton, E. Darling, L.
Salisbury, M. (L. Privy Seal.) Morton, E. Daryngton, L.
Onslow, E. Desborough, L.
Plymouth, E. [Teller.] Dynevor, L.
Sutherland, D. Stanhope, E. Fairfax of Cameron, L.
Wellington, D. Westmeath, E. Forester, L.
Gage, L. (V. Gage.)
Bath, M. Bertie of Thame, V. Greenway, L.
Elibank, V. Hayter, L.
Birkenhead, E. Novar, V. Howard of Glossop, L.
Bradford, E. Peel, V. Kilmaine, L.
Clarendon, E. Merrivale, L.
Cranbrook, E. Banbury of Southam, L. Mildmay of Flete, L.
Denbigh, E. Bledisloe, L. Montagu of Beaulieu, L.
Lindsey, E. Clanwilliam, L. (E. Clanwilliam.) Teynham, L.
Lucan, E. [Teller.] Wavertree, L.
Mar and Kellie, E. Clinton, L. Wharton, L.

My Lords, I think I can save your time by moving the Second Reading of this Bill in a very few words. The Bill has already received a good deal of attention elsewhere. It passed all its stages in another place without a Division, and it has been through Standing Committee. It is the result of certain conversations which have taken plate with all the parties concerned, and I think it is an agreed Bill. It is submitted to your Lordships on that basis. It gives a policeman who is dismissed—and dismissal is a terrible sentence in the case of any policeman because, of course, by the regulations, he can never be accepted for any other police force—under certain conditions which it is not necessary to go into, a right of appeal to a Secretary of State—namely, the Home Secretary in England and Wales, and the Secretary of State in Scotland. I hope your Lordships will give the Bill a Second Reading.

Moved, That the Bill be now read 2a.—(Lord Desborough.)

On Question, Bill read 2a, and committed to a Committee of the Whole house.