HC Deb 18 March 1958 vol 584 c130W
Captain Kerby

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the Aliens Orders do not apply to immigrants from British possessions overseas entering Great Britain, that the majority of such immigrants, mostly Negro or coloured, have no medical examination either in their country of origin or on arrival here, and that this uncontrolled immigration is dangerous to public health in Great Britain; and if he will now so amend the Aliens Orders as to require all such immigrants to undergo rigorous medical examination at their British port of entry to ensure that they are free before admission from any infectious disease.

Mr. Walker-Smith

The Aliens Order, 1953, does not apply to British subjects, but the Public Health (Ships) and (Aircraft) Regulations, 1952, give wide powers to port medical officers to deal with cases or suspected cases of communicable disease whether in a British subject or an alien arriving in this country. I have at present no evidence of danger to health from immigration of British subjects such as to justify an extension of the existing arrangements.

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