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Sir Cyril Osborne MP – a voice of reason in the House of Treason

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Overseas Workers

HC Deb 22 June 1948 vol 452 cc1106-7

§8. Mr. Osborne asked the Minister of Labour if he will suspend the policy of encouraging overseas workers to come to this country now that we have thousands of our own people unemployed, and in view of the danger of increased unemployment.

§ Mr. Ness Edwards No, Sir. Additional suitable workers from overseas are still required in a number of industries. I cannot accept the implication that unemployment is increasing. It is lower than at any time since last year.

§ Mr. Osborne Is the Minister satisfied that the trade union leaders have no objection to these men being brought over in view of the likelihood of increased unemployment as envisaged by the Minister of Health?

§ Mr. Ness Edwards In the industries for which we are recruiting foreign workers, we have the complete agreement and co-operation of the trade unions concerned.

And more than two decades later we have the following exchange:

Immigrants (Admission of Dependants)

HC Deb 20 March 1969 vol 780 cc721-3 721

§22. Sir C. Osborne asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dependants of immigrants have been admitted since the passing of the Immigration Act, 1962, giving men, women and children, separately; how many more he estimates will be admitted; and how soon he now estimates this type of immigration will end.

§ Mr. Merlyn Rees Between 1st July, 1962, and 31st December, 1968, 257,229 Commonwealth dependants were admitted. I will with permission circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT the numbers of men, women and children included in that figure. As regards the second and third parts of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to a Question by the hon. Member for Clitheroe (Sir Frank Pearson) on 2nd December.—[Vol. 774, c. 421–2.]

§ Sir C. Osborne Since I cannot remember what the hon. Gentleman said to my hon. Friend the Member for Clitheroe (Sir Frank Pearson), that Answer is useless and stupid. Is not the hon. Gentleman and his chief anxious about this flood of people coming into this country? Has he no thought for the survival of the English race in their own country?

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