HC Deb 19 July 1926 vol 198 cc905-6W

asked the Home Secretary whether foreign Governments are in .a position to refuse repatriation of their subjects for reasons that have arisen since admission has been obtained into this country, such as grounds of ill-health or want of acceptable proof of identity; and, if so, will he take steps to obtain, by fresh legislation or otherwise, power to enforce a pecuniary guarantee in all eases where repatriation of undesirable aliens is frustrated?


As I explained in the reply to a question by my hon. Friend on the 15th instant, it is the accepted practice that a Government cannot refuse to re-admit a person whom it recognises as one of its nationals. It is only where proof of identity and nationality is lacking that any difficulty arises, and in such eases it is necessary to ask the Government concerned to investigate the individual's claim to he one of their nationals. I do not think that any further powers are required.

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