HC Deb 04 June 1934 vol 290 cc580-1W

asked the Minister of Labour how many alien waiters there were in employment and out of work, respectively, in this country at the last available date?


I have no information as to the number of alien waiters in employment or out of work in this country.


asked the Minister of Labour how many permits he has issued during the past 12 months for the immigration of alien waiters; the nationality of such respectively, and what his reasons were for so issuing them; and whether he is satisfied that facilities were provided for an equal number of British waiters to obtain work abroad?


A permit was issued during the year 1933 for the employment of an Italian first head waiter. In addition, 345 permits were issued in respect of foreign student-employés who desired to take up employment as waiters in this country with a view to learning English and increasing their experience. These permits were granted in most cases for a period of 12 months, and the majority were under reciprocal arrangements with foreign countries or on a head for head exchange basis. I have no reason to believe that facilities were not equally available for British student-waiters desiring to go abroad.

The following statement shows the nationality of the 345 student-employés:

No. of permits issued.
Nationals of
Austria 14
Belgium 1
Czechoslovakia 2
Denmark 2
France 78
Germany 59
Hungary 10
Italy 94
Netherlands 2
Norway 2
Spain 3
Switzerland 78