HC Deb 27 February 1936 vol 309 cc681-2W

asked the Home Secretary whether he is satisfied with the working of the existing Regulations regarding the admission of aliens for week-ends without the usual passports; and, in particular, if he can state in how many cases last year aliens so admitted, who failed to leave within the prescribed time, succeeded in eluding detection and consequently remained in this country, contrary to the terms of their admission?


I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which the Parliamentary Under-Secretary gave on the 10th instant in answer to a question by my hon. Friend the Member for South Kensington (Sir W. Davison) regarding the arrangements made for checking the departure of aliens to whom no-passport facilities are granted. During the year 1935, 6,967 aliens were admitted for weekend visits without passports, and the coupons surrendered by them on arrival were cleared in all cases except 37, which represents only half of 1 per cent. of the traffic. These 37 may have left as ordinary passengers, but if any of them are found to be still in the country appropriate action will be taken.

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