HC Deb 15 July 1918 vol 108 c726W
Colonel RAWSON

asked the Home Secretary how many unnaturalised enemy aliens were residing in the prohibited area of Eastbourne in 1915, 1916, 1917, and up to 30th June, 1918, and presumably vouched for by the chief constable of Eastbourne; and how many people of enemy origin are residing there now, and also in the coast districts from Seaford on the west to Bexhill on the east?


The police registers show that eleven alien enemies resided in Eastbourne in 1915 and 1916, but they have removed, and there remains one alien whose nationality is doubtful, and as to whom it has been decided that he must be regarded as technically German and registered as such. No suspicion attaches to him, but steps are being taken to secure that he is employed on work of national importance outside the prohibited areas. As regards the second part of the question, there are three persons of enemy nationality residing in the coast districts mentioned, namely, an invalid, a woman, and a person who is believed to be technically a German but who is claimed as a Belgian by the Belgian authorities and has a son in the Belgian Army. It is not possible to give similar figures as to persons of "enemy origin."

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