HC Deb 17 August 1916 vol 85 cc2083-4W

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that there are in this country certain persons, mostly Jews, who were born of Russian parents in France or Germany or some country outside Russia and the British Empire, and that these persons have never been in Russia, never been, liable to Russian military service, and never intend to return to Russia; how will such persons be regarded for the purposes of the threatened policy of deportation to Russia; and whether, in view of our law holding that natal place decides domicile, he will say that no such persons will in any case be deported to Russia?


So far as I am aware, persons in the position indicated by my hon. Friend are Russian subjects, and are not exempt from Russian military service. In any case, I see no reason why they should not serve in the British Army. If the question of the deportation of any such person should arise, all the circumstances will be fully considered.