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Aliens (Statistics)

Volume 389: debated on Thursday 13 May 1943

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41.

asked the Home Secretary the number of male foreigners over the age of 16 at present located in this country under the headings "friendly aliens," "enemy aliens" and "neutral aliens," respectively?

Aliens are not registered under the headings "friendly," "enemy," and "neutral," but according to their nationality, and I am not in a position to classify them in the way desired by my hon. and gallant Friend.

But surely the police must have this information, if only for security reasons, and would not the information also be available from identity cards?

It is not so easy to classify, and it would be very difficult to have a clear classification of a friendly alien, for example.