HC Deb 17 June 1915 vol 72 cc781-2
26. Mr. FELL

asked the Home Secretary if his attention has been drawn to the frequent cases of change of name by foreigners who in place of their own name assume an English one either in private life or for their business firm, and are enabled thereby to commit frauds on the public in this country; and if he will bring in a Bill to compel such foreigners who desire to assume an English name to continue to use for ten years their foreign name in addition to the name they assume?


I would refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave yesterday to the hon. Member for the St. Augustine's Division of Kent.


Is it not the case that these changes, when they take place, are for the purpose of deceiving the British public, and cannot more prompt steps be taken?


I do not think it is true in all cases that people changed their names to deceive the British public. There is a law strictly enforced that no alien enemy can change his name during the War.