HC Deb 13 April 1965 vol 710 cc188-9W
Dame Joan Vickers

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will now appoint welfare officers and interpreters at the main air and sea ports at which immigrants arrive, in particular to deal with those arriving from India and Pakistan.

Sir F. Soskice

Most immigration officers have a good knowledge of at least one foreign language, but, where necessary, interpreters, including those in Indian languages, are already employed on either a full-time or part-time basis at the main air and sea ports. Arrangements already exist at the ports for securing welfare facilities for immigrants in case of need, and I do not think it necessary for full-time welfare officers to be appointed.

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