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Majority Verdicts

Volume 887: debated on Monday 3 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of guilty and not guilty verdicts, respectively, were by majority in 1974.

Statistics for 1974 are not yet available. In 1973, 7 he is making in his investigation of the evidence submitted to him concerning reports of immigrant workers in the catering industry without work permits or valid entry to this country; and when he expects to complete these investigations.

We take a serious view of people from overseas being employed without the necessary work permits or overstaying. As the hon. Member knows, I recently met representatives of a catering company who are concerned about the position of their employees, and I am hopeful that the situation will be clarified during the next few weeks. I intend to keep it under review.