HC Deb 14 May 1959 vol 605 cc170-1W
75. Mr. Osborne

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stowaways arrived in England in each of the last five years, respectively; whether he will take powers to deport all stowaways; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. R. A. Butler

The information for which my hon. Friend asks in the first part of his Question is given below.

Alien stowaways are usually refused leave to land under the Aliens Order and removed by the carrying company: 820 were so dealt with during the last five years. Stowaways who satisfy the Immigration Officer that they are British subjects cannot be sent back: but I do not think that such persons present a problem sufficient to justify legislation.

Following is the information as to stowaways arriving in the United Kingdom during the last five years:

1954, 340; 1955, 273; 1956, 281; 1957, 301; 1958, 258.