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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 the Home Department how many dependants now living in Bangladesh, Pakistan and India he estimates are entitled to settle in the United Kingdom.

It has never been the practice to publish estimates of this kind, and any forecast of future immigration would necessarily be speculative since numbers arriving may be affected by a wide variety of factors.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will make a statement on the system for checking on immigrants seeking to enter the United Kingdom from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.

In the light of my experience of the procedures used to check the bona fides of immigrants and my recent personal investigation of the systems used in the subcontinent, we are considering whether it will be possible to simplify procedures in order to reduce unacceptable delay to genuine wives and children and to limit mistakes in individual cases without in any way reducing our safeguards against bogus applications.