§ Mr. THURTLE
asked the Home Secretary if it is his policy to keep out of this country all aliens who wish to come here for the purpose of following occupations for which there is already labour available here; and how many exceptions, if any, he has made to this policy during the nine months ending 30th September, 1925?
§ Sir W. JOYNSON-HICKS
In the present state of unemployment it is the policy of His Majesty's Government to prevent as far as possible the admission of aliens to this country for any form of employment for which British labour would appear to be available. An alien seeking employment in this country is not given leave to land unless he is in possession of a permit for his engagement issued to his prospective employer by the Minister of Labour in accordance with Article 1 (3) (b) of the Aliens Order. Inquiry as to the number of such permits issued should be addressed to my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour.