§ Colonel WEDGWOOD
asked the Home Secretary whether German women are yet being sent back to Germany against their will; and, if so, whether any exceptions are made in favour of aged, or invalids, or children, or those of high social position?
§ Mr. SHORTT
German women are being repatriated to Germany in cases when the Advisory Committee has advised in favour of repatriation. Exceptions are made by the Committee in favour of aged, invalids and children, but there is no discrimination in favour of persons of high social position.
§ Sir H. NIELD
asked the Home Secretary if he will state by whom the Bill for the repatriation and restricting the immigration of aliens, and particularly enemy aliens, is being considered; whether such Bill is the measure referred to by his predecessor, Viscount Cave, in another place on the 19th and 20th November last as being then ready for introduction; and, if so, what is the reason for any further consideration and delay, in view of the demand for this legislation?
§ Mr. SHORTT
The Bill is being considered by myself It is the same Bill as that referred to by my predecessor last November, but I am anxious to satisfy myself, in the light of the latest developments of the subject, that it meets all the needs of the case. In the meantime, the war powers in this matter remain in full force.