§ Brigadier-General COLVIN
asked the Home Secretary how many aliens have been admitted into this country since 1918; and whether, in view of the congestion in housing, he will consider the advisability of placing restrictions on immigrants to this country?2014W
§ Mr. BRIDGEMAN
The earliest date from which trustworthy figures can be given is 1st July, 1919. Between that date and 31st October, 1922, the number of aliens who landed in the United Kingdom was 1,148,148 and the number who embarked 1,139,378. These figures are exclusive of transmigrants. As regards the second part of the question, stringent Regulations placing restrictions on alien immigration are in full force, and I would refer to the reply which I gave on the 27th ultimo to a question by the hon. and learned Member for the Ealing Division (Sir H. Nield).
§ Sir A. HOLBROOK
asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the widespread unemployment among British workers, and especially ex-service men, he will introduce a brief Bill to extend the operation of the Clauses in the Aliens Restriction Act excluding aliens from this country without special and temporary permits for a further period of three years?
Lieut.-Colonel D. WHITE
asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the fact that the Clauses in the Aliens Restriction Act excluding enemy aliens from this country without special and temporary permits expire on 23rd December, and that there is a great volume of unemployment among our own people, he will consider legislation extending the operation of these Clauses?
§ Mr. BRIDGEMAN
I would refer to the reply I gave on the 27th November to a question by the hon. and learned Member for the Ealing Division (Sir H. Nield), in which I explained that fresh legislation in this matter is not required.