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Volume 939: debated on Friday 25 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of the German SS have attempted to enter the United Kingdom since the Second World War; in how many cases permission has been granted and in how many cases has it been refused; and if he will undertake to refuse to admit all such future applicants.

I regret that the information requested is not available.I do not consider that I would be justified in excluding from the United Kingdom everyone who served in the SS. I have, however, recently demonstrated that I am prepared to use the powers available to me, when I consider that the purposes for which such people wish to come here on a particular occasion make it conducive to the public good to exclude them.