HC Deb 28 October 1919 vol 120 cc497-8W

asked the Home Secretary if he is aware that thousands of demobilised men who fought in the War to save British homes are now unable to find one for themselves and their families to live in owing to so many of them being occupied by aliens who did nothing in the War except to settle here and take up the businesses and the best-paid employment vacated by the thousands of Britishers who fought for their country; and whether he will say whether steps are proposed to secure that those unnaturalised aliens shall give up these British homes and return to their native lands which the Allies have now freed from the German menace, or repatriate them to make way for British citizens?


I do not know to what facts the hon. Member is referring, but I would point out that the only aliens who have come here in large numbers during the War are Belgian refugees. Over 90 per cent. of these refugees have now returned to their own country, and His Majesty's Government are taking steps to bring to the notice of all refugees still remaining in this country a final appeal by the Belgian Government that the remainder will return to Belgium.