HC Deb 30 December 1912 vol 46 cc53-4W

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his attention has been drawn to a case heard before the Alien Immigration Board in which a Russian named Schaye Gold-fried, a tailor, appealed against expulsion; whether he is aware that an official made a statement that cheap labour was required in the tailoring trade in consequence of the prices now being asked by workmen; whether he is also aware that the Board allowed the appeal; whether he will make inquiries into the matter; and whether he will make representations to the Board that the Aliens Act should be impartially administered, and persons should not be admitted into this country merely on the ground that there is a demand for cheap labour?


I am aware that the alien appealed to the London Immigration Board against the Immigration Officer's refusal of leave to land, and that the Board decided to allow him to land; but the second sentence of the question does not give correctly the effect of the observations made by the officer who had himself refused leave to land, nor is there anything to show that the alien was admitted on the ground that there is a demand for cheap labour. Each case has to be dealt with on its own merits in accordance with the terms of the Act, which require the alien to show that he possesses or is in a position to obtain the means of decently supporting himself, and this; case does not in my opinion—though I have no power to review the decision of the Board—afford ground for making the representations suggested in the last part of the question.