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Allied Forces (British Wives)

Volume 414: debated on Thursday 18 October 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what principles govern requests from Allied soldiers who have married British girls to enter or remain in the United Kingdom.

Each such request is dealt with on the facts of the individual case in the light of the general policy in regard to immigration of foreigners from abroad. It is necessary, for the time being, to limit immigration to cases where the foreigners' presence would be advantageous to the national economy or where there are strong compassionate grounds for his admission. The fact that an Allied soldier has married a British girl is not, in itself, a sufficient reason for allowing him to settle in this country and compete with our own people for the limited accommodation available and in business or the labour market.