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Volume 887: debated on Tuesday 4 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many men, women and children who are members of ethnic minorities in the United Kingdom have been repatriated with grants provided by his Department during each year since the scheme was started.

Information about the scheme operated by International Social Service on the Government's behalf under Section 29 of the Immigration Act 1971 is not readily available in the form requested. The following figures show the numbers of applicants and their families, together with the total numbers of individuals who left the United Kingdom under this scheme in the periods indicated:

Period (inclusive dates)Applicants and familiesIndividuals
April 1972-March 197334116
April 1973-March 197466239
April 1974-December 1974*44136
* Latest convenient date.
Deportation orders made or supervised departures arranged
Following Court RecommendationOther than following Court RecommendationReturned deportees removedIllegal entrants removed
(1) Figures are for all nationalities.
(2) Figures for foreign nationals removed as illegal entrants in 1972 are not available.
(3) Figures do not include seamen who deserted or overstayed.