HC Deb 19 March 1923 vol 161 cc2145-6W

asked the Home Secretary what are the Regulations at present in force with regard to police supervision of tourists; whether it is necessary for them, if staying in this country more than a month, to register at police offices and answer questionaires as to their reasons for travel, habits, and intentions; whether they are issued with identity certificates which they are required to produce for police inspection as they proceed about the country; and whether he is able to consider some relaxation of this vigilance?


If the hon. and gallant Member desires to know the Regulations applicable to foreign visitors to this country, I must refer him to the provisions of the Aliens Order, 1920, but I may say, shortly, that the effect of them is not quite as suggested in the second and third paragraphs of the question. If he has any cases in mind where the Regulations appear to him to have been unnecessarily irksome, I shall be ready to examine them; but, generally speaking, I do not think they are more stringent than is necessary for the purpose of keeping touch with aliens in this country.