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Immigration (Indian Subcontinent)

Volume 884: debated on Wednesday 15 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many applications from immigrants claiming that they are entitled to settle in the United Kingdom are currently under consideration at British High Commission offices in India and Bangladesh and at embassy offices in Pakistan.

The numbers of applications in the settlement (dependant) queue in the countries of the subcontinent are as follows:

In addition to persons entitled to settle here, namely, wives and children and husbands, who are the majority of those in the queue, there is also a substantial minority composed of persons claiming to be dependent parents and other relatives, fiancées and fiancés, and certain persons who had been removed from the United Kingdom as illegal immigrants. A detailed numerical breakdown of the various categories is not readily available.