HC Deb 06 March 1958 vol 583 cc153-4W
113. Mr. Brockway

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what tests are applied to refugees from Communist countries before they are accorded asylum in this country.

Mr. R. A. Butler

Applications for political asylum are dealt with on their merits in the light of the facts of the particular case. If it is reasonable to suppose that the result of refusing admission to a foreigner would be his return to a country in which, on grounds of political opinion, race or religion, he would face danger to life or liberty, or persecution of such a kind and extent as to render life insupportable, he would normally be admitted unless there were positive grounds for considering him undesirable.