Reference FO 371/29175
Title Advisory Council on Aliens
Former Department Reference File 47 (papers 2090-3492)
Government Department Foreign Office
Themes Social Relations
Subthemes Families and relationships, Foreign nationals and newcomers, Housing and living conditions
Document Types Meeting Minutes, Statistical Data, Official Correspondence
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Australia, Canada, Isle of Man
Organisations Advisory Council on Aliens, British Council, Mineworkers Federation of Great Britain, Sub-Committee on Internment Camps
Article(s) from Manchester Guardian ©Guardian News & Media Ltd. 2018.


A file of official correspondence, meeting minutes, and statistical data concerning the internment of enemy aliens. The documents contain a series of statistical tables outlining applications for release by German, Austrian, and Italian nationals held in British internment camps; and additional statistical information on how many internees remain in these internment camps. The documents also include the minutes of several 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; and a collection of reports assessing the conditions faced by Italian, German, and Austrian nationals interned in a British camp in Canada. Other documents discuss the provision of clothing and "pocket money" to internees; and a proposal to temporarily release enemy aliens from the internment camps if it is revealed that their relatives have died or are seriously ill.


aliens, Austrian nationals, British Dominions, clothing, discipline, doctors, emigration, employment, food shortages, food supplies, German nationals, government committees, government departments, housing, international agreements, internment, Italian nationals, Manchester Guardian, newspapers, police, prisoner-of-war camps, prisoners, prisoners of war, recreation, refugees, Spanish nationals, standard of living

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