HC Deb 12 April 1927 vol 205 cc214-5W

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that a considerable number of members of the administrative class in the Foreign Office and the Diplomatic Service have a father or mother who was not of British birth; and whether, in view of the likelihood that this influence might tend in special circumstances to weaken their single loyalty to this country, he will take steps to ascertain the exact number of such cases and consider whether some further safeguards are necessary?


The statement in the first part of the hon. and gallant Member's question is, I believe, correct in so far as it relates to mothers. As regards the second part, no case has arisen in the past to lend substance to the fears which the hon. and gallant Member appears to entertain, and my right hon. Friend does not consider that the inquiries which he suggests, or any additional safeguards are necessary beyond those already existing, and which were summarised in the answer given to the hon. and gallant Member on the 22nd of July, 1925.