HC Deb 09 November 1956 vol 560 c6W
Sir J. Lucas

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if Her Majesty's Government will now offer asylum and help to Hungarian refugees; and for how many.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

Her Majesty's Government have decided to authorise the admission of 2,500 Hungarian refugees to this country and have discussed with the British Council for Aid to Refugees (which represents the principal voluntary organisations concerned with refugees entering the United Kingdom) arrangements for organising the reception and care of the refugees in this country and placing them in suitable employment wherever this is possible. Her Majesty's Government have also agreed, subject to the approval of Parliament, to provide a grant of up to £10,000 to meet approved administrative expenses incurred by the Council in connection with this scheme, which is being put into effect forthwith.