HC Deb 11 April 1918 vol 104 cc1677-8W

asked the Home Secretary whether he has considered the effect of Section 9, Sub-section (1), of the Representation of the People Act, 1918, upon Section 3, Sub-section (1, b), of the Alien Act, 1905; whether, in point of fact, the power given to expel an alien from the United Kingdom within twelve months of his entering the country if in receipt of parochial relief has been abrogated; and whether, if satisfied upon the point, he will introduce legislation reviving the power given under the 1905 Act, which is rendered all the more necessary by reason of the presence in this country of so many undesirable aliens?


The point suggested by the hon. and learned Member has been considered, and it is proposed to deal with it in the legislation which will be necessary for dealing with aliens after the War. During the War ample powers exist under the Aliens Restriction Order for the deportation of undesirable aliens.


asked the Home Secretary whether, under the provision of the Representation of the People Act, 1918, Section 33 (2), a Parliamentary candidate who upon the day of nomination is returned unopposed will be entitled to exercise the right of free postage conferred by the said provision to send each registered elector for the constituency a postal communication relating to the election and his unopposed return?


I have no authority to determine this question, but think the answer should be in the negative.