HC Deb 22 June 1939 vol 348 cc2455-6W
Colonel Wedgwood

asked the Home Secretary whether he will issue a visa to Viktor Tuschak, Vienna, transmigrant to the United States of America, who is guaranteed by Mr. E. H. Smith, of Henley-in-Arden, and whose papers went forward on 6th May to the German Jewish Aid Committee, Mr. Tuschak, after his return for concentration camp, being under short-term expulsion orders?

Mr. Peake

Inquiry will be made into this case and a reply will be sent to the right hon. and gallant Gentleman as soon as possible.

Mr. Hannah

asked the Home Secretary whether he will make arrangements, by the employment of a larger staff or otherwise, to hasten decisions about admitting individual refugees to this country or other parts of the British Commonwealth?

Sir S. Hoare

As regards admission to the United Kingdom, the staff of the Home Office has been greatly enlarged, and various arrangements for simplifying the procedure have been made so as to enable applications made by the voluntary organisations for the admission of refugees to this country to be dealt with rapidly. As regards territories falling within the purview of the Colonial Office, I am informed by my right hon. Friend that he is not aware of any delay in granting permits to enter these territories provided the applicants are able to comply with the requirements of the immigration laws and regulations. The question of the admission of refugees to the self-governing Dominions is a matter for the Government of each Dominion.

Mr. David Adams

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what action the Government contemplate arising out of the report of the British Guiana Refugee Commission as to settlement in British Guiana?

Mr. M. MacDonald

I would invite the hon. Member's attention to the reply given by my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister, on the 12th May to a question by the hon. Member for Don Valley (Mr. T. Williams), and to the reply which was given to a question by my hon. Friend the Member for York (Mr. Wood) on the 25th May.