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Volume 888: debated on Wednesday 12 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) adults and (b) children have been repatriated under Section 29 of the Immigration Act 1971 ; and what has been the average cost to the Exchequer of the repatriation of (a) the adults and (b) the children.

I regret that information distinguishing between adults and children is not readily available. By the end of 1974, 144 families comprising 491 individuals had been assisted to leave the country under this scheme, at an average cost to the Exchequer of around £654 a family.