HC Deb 20 March 1919 vol 113 cc2279-80W

asked the Minister of Labour if he will state under the authority of what Statute or Regulation he has refused a licence to a French nursery governess to come to take up her employment in Cambridge; whether he will publish a list of the trades, professions, and callings which he prevents French subjects from coming to England to practise; and whether there are any and what rules in France to prevent English men and women from entering France for the purpose of earning their living?


The hon. Member give no particulars which would enable me to identify the particular case he has in mind, but, speaking generally, applications for permits to obtain the services of aliens from abroad for work in the United Kingdom are granted or refused under Article 22 b of the Aliens Restriction Order. The Interdepartmental Committee which considers these applications decides each case on its merits, and I am not aware that there are any trades, professions, or callings in respect of which permits are automatically refused. In regard to the last part of the hon. Member's question, I am not aware what rules, if any, the French Government have adopted in similar cases.