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Aliens (Distressed Relative Scheme)

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 7 April 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what categories of persons are now admitted to the United Kingdom for permanent residence, both under the Distressed Relative Scheme and in other ways; and in what respects foreigners may now enter the United Kingdom for private service where their employers are prepared to go surety for them.

Admission of aliens for permanent residence is at present restricted to distressed relatives under the schemes which I announced on 13th November, 1945, and 3rd June, 1948, to refugees from Czechoslovakia who qualify under the categories I announced on 3rd May, 1948, and to the husband of a wife of British birth and parentage, or to the wife of a man permanently resident here. In addition, European Volunteer Workers who are brought to this country will be permitted to remain, subject to compliance with the conditions on which they were recruited. No objection is raised to the admission of suitable foreigners to take employment, provided they are in possession of a permit issued to their prospective employer by the Ministry of Labour and are able and willing to return to their country of residence if their approved employment comes to an end.

Will the right hon. Gentleman apply these tests to the Secretary of State for War?