HC Deb 01 April 1965 vol 709 c269W
50. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why, in view of the fact that he was in possession of authentic documents proving his identity, Mr. Walter Schlüng who was invited here as a personal guest of the honourable Member for West Ham, North, was not allowed to land at London Airport on Sunday, 21st March, from Warsaw; and whether he will arrange that when Members of Parliament desire to have visitors from overseas these persons are not prevented from landing in Great Britain.

Sir F. Soskice

Mr. Schlünz was refused leave to land because he was unable to produce an acceptable travel document—which in his case would have been either a Federal German passport or a temporary travel document issued by the Allied Travel Office in Berlin and endorsed with a United Kingdom visa. Immigration officers always attach due weight to invitations made to foreign visitors by Members of Parliament, but such an invitation does not exempt the recipient from the normal requirements of our immigration control.