Reference FO 371/29178
Title Advisory Council on Aliens
Former Department Reference File 47 (papers 7442-8957)
Government Department Foreign Office
Themes Social Relations
Subthemes Families and relationships, Housing and living conditions, Dislocated populations, Central and local government
Document Types Meeting Minutes, Statistical Data, Official Correspondence
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Australia, Canada, Isle of Man, Liverpool
Organisations Advisory Council on Aliens


A file of official correspondence, reports, and meeting minutes concerning the internment of enemy aliens. The documents discuss the British government's decision to permit enemy aliens to become fire-watchers; the resignation of Victor Bulwer-Lytton, the second Earl of Lytton, as Chairman of the British government's Council on Aliens; and the question of whether the British government should scrap the Council on Aliens and transfer its responsibilities elsewhere, as they are struggling to find a new chairman. The documents also cover a complaint from a group of enemy aliens regarding the conditions they were forced to endure aboard the S.S. Ettrick, a ship used by the British government to transport them to an internment camp in Canada. Other documents include the minutes of several meetings of the Council on Aliens; and a range of statistical tables outlining the release of enemy aliens from internment camps in Britain.


aliens, Anthony Eden, censorship, committee members, deportation, Dutch nationals, education, emigration, employment, fire prevention, fire services, fire watch, German nationals, government committees, government departments, immigration, internment, Italian nationals, Jews, law, passenger shipping, postal communications, prisoner-of-war camps, prisoners, prisoners of war, prisons, propaganda, publicity, resignations, standard of living, transportation

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