HC Deb 21 November 1946 vol 430 cc143-4W
37. Mr. Wilkes

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that, on 9th April, 1946, application was made to his Department for the entry into this country as distressed persons of Mr. David Zimet and his daughter from Rumania; that on 29th April permission was refused; that on 7th May application was made by relatives direct to the British Consul at Bucharest from whom no reply has yet been received; that on 10th August permission to enter this country was given; that on 29th September the embassy in Bucharest had heard nothing of this permit; and at what approximate date Mr. Zimet will be given facilities, all expenses of which will be borne by his wife in this country, to enter this country.

Mr. Ede

Mr. Zimet's daughter was not eligible for a visa under the distressed relatives scheme and as my hon. Friend was informed on 20th August and 22nd October, it was necessary for the British Political Representative to refer these cases twice for instructions. Visas were granted to both applicants on 18th October. I should add that a British visa is not an entry permit and does not constitute permission to enter the United Kingdom, but I have no reason to suppose that these persons will experience difficulty in obtaining leave to land when they arrive here.

39. Mr. Wilkes

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that Mr. George Rulf, 13, Maundella Terrace, Heaton, Newcastle-on-Tyne, a British subject, has applied for a visa to be granted to his son, an ex-inmate of Buchenwald, to come to this country; that this has been refused on the grounds that the son is over 21 years of age and could only be repatriated if under 21 years of age; and if he will reconsider this decision as the son has no living relatives of any sort in Germany or Holland, his mother having died in a concentration camp.

Mr. Ede

I explained fully to my hon. Friend in a letter of 12th November the reasons why I am not at present prepared to admit this man.