HC Deb 24 February 1930 vol 235 cc1887-8W

asked the Home Secretary whether there have been any cases of foreign seamen coming into this country at Tyneside ports and leaving their ships to establish themselves on land; what steps are taken in such cases to repatriate these men; whether he has received any complaints with regard to their presence and trading activities; and whether in all cases local authorities use their utmost efforts to prevent settlement in this country of non-British seamen?


Cases occur from time to time of alien seamen who leave their ships without the permission of the immigration officer. When found, such men are liable to prosecution and repatriation and in proper cases steps are taken to this end. I have received some complaints on this subject, but, after inquiry, I am satisfied that both my Department and the police use their utmost efforts to enforce the provisions of the Aliens Order.


asked the Home Secretary the number of Arabs living on Tyneside, and the number of these men who are British subjects?


I am informed that there are 388 Arabs registered as aliens in the various police districts on Tyneside. I have no information in regard to persons of Arab descent who are British subjects.