HC Deb 28 July 1960 vol 627 cc186-7W
95. Mr. N. Pannell

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in order to control the flow of immigrants from the West Indies, he will urge the West Indian Governments concerned to insist on a cash surety from each intending immigrant, as has been done by the Governments of India and Pakistan, from which countries the flow of immigrants has, as a result, been kept within bounds.

Mr. Iain Macleod

While not accepting in its entirety the statement in the latter half of the Question, I would re- mind the hon. Member that it would be incompatible with the traditional open- door policy of the United Kingdom Government to urge the imposition of general restrictions of this kind on the issue of passports to British subjects in the colonial territories.