HC Deb 11 November 1943 vol 393 cc1310-1W
Mr. W. Roberts

asked the Home Secretary how many refugees have been admitted to this country as within the three new categories of individuals eligible for special consideration, namely, parents of persons serving in His Majesty's or Allied Forces or the Mercantile Marine, persons of non-Allied nationality acceptable for His Majesty's Forces, and parents of children under 16 years of age who came here unaccompanied, respectively?

Mr. H. Morrison

Between the beginning of July and the end of October the total number of refugees who arrived here was over 4,000, of whom many came without visas. The number of visas specially authorised under the three categories to which my hon. Friend refers was quite small, namely, 24, 18 and 10 respectively. Without lengthy searching of records I cannot say how many of these persons have actually arrived here. So far as I am aware, no application under these categories has been refused.