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Tele. No. Whitehall 8100 Ext.
Reply should be addressed to H.M. Chief Inspector, Immigration Branch, Home Office, London, S.W.1, and the following reference quoted :—
4th April, 1940.
Dear Mr. Tewson,
Your letter, HVT/AC/NS/34, of the 8th last month [month] regarding the employment of Spanish Seamen in British ships has been under consideration by H.M. Chief Inspector who directs me to say that for the purpose in view in your letter Spanish Seamen are regarded as friendly aliens, and so far as the Home Office is concerned there is no general objection to their accepting suitable employment in British ships.
This, of course, is subject to the ineligibility of an alien for engagement as Master, Chief Officer, Chief Engineer, or Wireless Operator, in a British ship. Subject also to the individuals concerned satisfying the appropriate authority in this Country regarding their qualifications, and to the proviso that occasionally a case may arise in which an individual is personally objected to, and, of course, to the special requirements laid down by the Admiralty in view of the state of war now existing.