HC Deb 26 July 1939 vol 230 cc1593-4W
Commander BELLAIRS

asked the Minister of Labour how many American electricians are working in Great Britain on permits; and what are the special circumstances held to justify this competition with British workers?


I assume that this question relates to the entry of American electrical engineers who are concerned in the installation of sound film projecting apparatus in various cinema halls. The total number of such engineers is 81. The majority of these men are actively engaged in training British engineers of whom the companies employ in all 239. The majority of the men in question have been allowed to land for short periods only, ending on 30th September next. I am advised that the apparatus to be installed is of a highly technical character and that the number of British subjects competent to deal with it is at present inadequate.