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Part of a letter from WSC (Home Office) to King George V informing him that Sir Edward Henry [Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police] has been invited to form proposals to increase the powers of the police to deal with foreign criminals. Subjects covered include: possible legislative measures (including the power to arrest an alien "who has no lawful means of earning a living" and bring him before a magistrate who could pass an expulsion order); the number of aliens in the country; and the possibility that tightening the administration of the Aliens Act would create friction and fail to deal with dangerous aliens. WSC says that the alien population should not be branded with the crimes [of those involved in the "Siege of Sidney Street"]. Typescript annotated "not sent". See CHAR 12/14/5.