Telegraphic Address: TRADUNIC, SOWEST, LONDON.
Telephone: Victoria 9020.
Trades Union Congress
SIR WALTER CITRINE KBE
To whom all communications should be addressed.
Our ref. HVT/AC/ET/831
9th April, 1940.
Permit of Residence.
You will recall that in November last you supplied us at our request with names of the Spanish seamen in your care. As we explained at the time, this information was required to enable the Immigration Authorities to investigate the possibilities of an extension on a general basis of the men's permits to remain in this country.
The Home Office have now sent us a letter, copy of which I enclose. Please note the phrase "men who last landed in this country before 3rd September".
The reference to the Statutory Rules and Orders 1659, for your information, is the Order made by the Home Secretary extending the period "by which aliens who last arrived before 3rd September may remain in the United Kingdom to "such subsequent time or date as may hereafter be specified" by the Home Secretary.
Employment: "Friendly Aliens".
Information which came to hand indicated to us the necessity of securing from the authorities some definition of the term "friendly alien" as it affects the prospects of employment of the Spanish seamen in our care. I am also enclosing copy of a letter which we have now received from the Home Office on this question, from which you will see that, subject to the conditions made, there is no general objection to their accepting suitable employment on British ships.
I am sending you copies of these letters because, in any questions which arise locally, it may prove of assistance to you to be able to refer immediately to the official rulings on the matters with which they deal.
H. V. TEWSON.