§ Mr. D. G. SOMERVILLE
asked the Minister of Labour for what reasons he refused permission to the Chicago Orchestra of 100 marimba players to enter this country to give two concerts at the Albert Hall; and whether such refusal was decided as a result of consultations with the British Musicians Union?
It has been brought to my notice that the effect of immigration regulations recently introduced in the United States of America is to preclude British bands from taking engagements in that country. In these circumstances, I am not prepared to continue the policy of granting permits freely for American bands to come to this country to take engagements of the variety hall type. It was on these grounds that the application for the Marimba Orchestra was refused. The answer to the second part of the question is in the negative.