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European Refugees' Dogs (Transport Ban)

Volume 439: debated on Wednesday 9 July 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that refugees from Europe, authorised to come to England, are being refused permission to bring with them their dogs; and whether, in view of the existence of adequate quarantine facilities in this country, he will arrange to introduce a greater measure of humanity into the conditions applying to such refugees, whose dogs are often the sole possession left to them.

As far as Germany is concerned, it is true that refugees coming to this country under the "Westward Ho" scheme are not allowed to bring their dogs with them. I regret that transport facilities are such that it is not possible to alter this decision.