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Volume 887: debated on Monday 24 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Chilean refugees are currently known to be seeking admission into the United Kingdom; how many of them are known to be between the ages of 16 and 65 years, and not nursing mothers; and what percentage this group forms of the total working population of the United Kingdom.

Many of the applications from Chilean refugees have lapsed or been withdrawn. The number of applications outstanding is about 1,500—including dependants—of whom rather more than half would fall into the category mentioned in the second part of the Question. This represents less than 0·005 per cent. of the working population of the United Kingdom.