Reference FO 371/29174
Title Advisory Council on Aliens
Former Department Reference File 47 (papers 1157-1994)
Government Department Foreign Office
Themes Social Relations
Subthemes Foreign nationals and newcomers, Housing and living conditions, Dislocated populations
Document Types Meeting Minutes, Statistical Data, Official Correspondence
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Australia, Canada, Geneva, Huyton, Isle of Man, Lingfield, London
Organisations Advisory Council on Aliens, Mineworkers Federation of Great Britain, Sub-Committee on Internment Camps
Notes The following article(s) have been removed from this file due to copyright restrictions: The Times, 06 February 1941, Interned Refugees.


A file of official correspondence, press articles, and meeting minutes concerning the internment of enemy aliens. The documents include the minutes of a series of meetings of the British government's Council on Aliens, convened to discuss the lives of enemy aliens in internment camps, both in Britain itself and in the wider British Commonwealth. The documents also include several statistical tables outlining release applications by German, Austrian, and Italian nationals interned in British camps; and a report produced by the British government's Sub-committee on Internment Camps outlining the conditions faced by enemy aliens in the camps, and comparing them to the standards mandated under the 1929 Geneva Convention, an international agreement concerning the treatment of prisoners of war. Other documents comment on a proposal by Victor Bulwer-Lytton, the second Earl of Lytton, to transfer the administration of enemy aliens and internment camps to a new government department.


aircraft, aliens, Anthony Eden, Austrian nationals, British Dominions, clothing, deportation, discipline, family, Geneva Conventions, German nationals, government committees, government departments, health services, healthcare, intelligence, international agreements, international organisations, internment, Italian nationals, Jews, law, marriage, newspapers, prisoner-of-war camps, prisoners of war, refugees, religion, schools, The Times, wages, Winston Churchill

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