HC Deb 15 July 1936 vol 314 c2061W

asked the Minister of Labour whether his Department have any statistics showing the number of alien immigrants admitted annually into this country during the past three years for permanent employment in British industries or private employment; and whether he can state the percentage of male and female immigrants?


Permission for foreigners to take employment in the United Kingdom is limited to 12 months in the first instance; exceptions to this rule are made only in rare cases. Where the employer is in a position to show that a continuance of the employment is reasonable, an extension for a limited period is granted. The question of unlimited permission for employment arises after a foreigner has been in authorised employment for a substantial period, usually not less than four years, and in approved cases of this kind the time limit on the foreigner's stay in the United Kingdom is removed. No statistics are available of such cases during the past three years, but the number is not large.