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Congress, Sheffield (Admission Of Foreigners)

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 November 1950

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143.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long the Reverend John Paul Jones, of Brooklyn, United States of America, who wished to attend the Sheffield peace congress, was detained by his officers for questioning; and what was the nature of the interrogation.

It was made clear to the organisers of the Congress that delegates would not be admitted before 11th November, unless the travel facilities available did not allow them to arrive on this date, and that foreigners would not be admitted in advance in order to organise the Congress. The Reverend John Paul Jones arrived at London Airport on 10th November and was interviewed by the Immigration Officer at 10.30 a.m., and questioned for some 15 minutes in order to establish his status. After reference to the Home Office he was given leave to land at 11.45 a.m.

145.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what expenditure he incurred in dealing with applications to enter the United Kingdom by foreign delegates wishing to attend the peace congress at Sheffield.

Applications by foreigners wishing to attend the proposed Sheffield Congress were dealt with by the Aliens Department of the Home Office and the Passport Control Department of the Foreign Office, as part of their ordinary duties.