HC Deb 03 December 1936 vol 318 c1456W

asked the Home Secretary whether he has any information as to the circumstances in which the immigration authorities at Cardiff refused permission to land to wireless operator Enrique Aparicio and fireman Manuel Matios, of the Spanish steamer "Conde de Abasolo" during the month of November; and whether any complaints had been made about the conduct of these men when they had landed during previous trips to this country?


Inquiries have been made in this matter. On arrival of the steamship "Conde de Abasolo" on the 13th November the crew were given the usual permission to come ashore during the ship's stay in port, but as the police reported that the two men named had been making threats against the lives of other Spaniards in Cardiff, the immigration officer decided on 20th November that to prevent a breach of the peace, it was necessary to withdraw the shore leave which has been granted to them. Manuel Matios was subsequently allowed to transfer to a Spanish vessel bound for South America, which has now sailed.