Since his appointment soon after the outbreak of war, Aliens Officer Arthur Luxon has worked from the Town Hall in St Helier. Given that building’s extensive other uses, including fire station, police station and Parish administration, only a limited amount of space and facilities have been allocated to the Aliens Office, a situation that Luxon recently complained has become intolerable.
The work of the Aliens Office has grown considerably, not just dealing with Aliens living in Jersey but also those visiting. Luxon also has to monitor the general arrival and departure of boat passengers.
Writing to the Lieutenant Governor, who has wartime responsibility for the Island’s aliens, Luxon has appealed for better facilities. At the present time, he claims, there is no counter or desk for use with visitors, and a lack of drawers, shelves and pigeon holes. The situation means that often sensitive documents are stored or discussed in full view of the public.
What’s more, the space allocated is not really an office at all, but an area through which people have to pass in order to reach another part of the building. It really is unsuitable for the task, Luxon concludes.