HC Deb 09 October 1945 vol 414 cc105-6W
Sir J. Mellor

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give an estimate of the number of aliens now in the United Kingdom, classified according to nationality and military or civilian status; and if he will indicate in each category the proportion expected to leave the United Kingdom before the end of 1945 and 1946, respectively.

Mr. Ede

According to the latest figures available, the numbers of civilian aliens registered with the Police in the United Kingdom are as follows:

Nationality. Number.
Austrian 16,086
Belgian 17,101
Bulgarian 82
Chinese 13,616
Czechoslovak 11,683
Danish 5,407
Danziger 204
Dutch 19,396
Estonian 948
Finnish 664
French 14,683
German 38,712
Greek 4,295
Hungarian 2,971
Italian 17,693
Japanese 457
Latvian 636
Lithuanian 1,280
Luxemburger 232
Norwegian 14,205
Polish 22,704
Portuguese 798
Roumanian 2,609
Russian 41,716
Spanish 4,251
Swedish 3,679
Swiss 8,941
Turkish 1,064
United States 13,129
Yugo-Slav 1,113
Stateless 2,515
Others 4,248

Of this total of 287,118, some 148,000 have long been established in residence in the United Kingdom. 139,000 including 41,000 Allied merchant seamen, are here on a temporary basis, but without examination of each individual file I cannot say how many are expected to leave the country by any particular date.

Aliens who are serving members of British or Allied forces, persons entitled to diplomatic privilege, British Protected Persons, and children under sixteen years of age are not required to register with the Police and the Home Office keeps no statistics of them.