HC Deb 23 July 1924 vol 176 cc1334-5W

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will explain why his Department stated to the Headmasters' Association that it was found necessary to issue permits to aliens to enter this country for the purpose of undertaking the duties of commercial correspondents, in view of the number of British-born subjects resident in this country with the full knowledge required of French, German, and other languages to fit them for work of this character?


I am informed that the statement referred to was made in December, 1923, to the Secondary Schools Headmasters' Employment Committee on account of the experience of the Department in connection with applications for permits under the Aliens' Order. It was found that persons with sufficient knowledge of foreign languages to undertake commercial correspondence are not available in Great Britain in sufficient numbers to meet the demand.

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