BY A STAFF REPORTER • THE proposal to extend police powers to Immigration Officers should be deleted from the Immigration Appeals Bill, said the Catholic Institute for International Relations last week.
In a briefing to Catholic M.P.s the institute said it had strong reservations about some features in the Bill which, it hoped, would be cleared up as it passed through Parliament.
The institute said: "There is already suspicion of the Immigration Service among the coloured community and this measure would undoubtedly increase it. The police are easily identifiable and are acquainted with the need for discretion in cases where the invasion of personal privacy is to be considered.
"We ask if the Immigration Service is to be given such a training, and whether they are capable of carrying out an arrest if a suspected illegal immigrant resists with violence.
"There is besides the question of principle that the right to enter premises would be extended to one more branch of public servants and would enforce a trend against the personal privacy of the individual which has already gone too
The institute, which is the Church's official body appointed to promote racial harmony, feels that independence would best be preserved if appeals adjudicators were appointed by the Lord Chancellor and not by the Secretary of State.
Three portraits to benefit Shelter
A1,000 gns. reserve price on a set of three portrait paintings — of Dame Margaret Rutherford, Dame Sybil Thorndike and Miss Athene Seyler—has been proposed by the artist, Alex Portner. They have agreed that any money from the sale of the paintings should be donated to Shelter.
The portraits are on show at his latest exhibition, which opened at the Walton Gallery on Wednesday. Portner chose Shelter. he says, because "it is one of the fevy `charities which doesn't appeat to be wasting its time with committees, but actually getting on with its work."
Although he is famous for his paintings of stage and society personalities, his latest exhibition is an attempt to break with the past. Recently he began experimenting with new materials and made a start painting on pine wood, where he uses the grain to express the texture of skin and the three dimensional aspects of the bodies.