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Vietnamese Refugees

Volume 892: debated on Wednesday 21 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will now apply the same criteria to South Vietnamese refugees wishing to come to the United Kingdom with special reference to those who found a temporary haven in Hong Kong, as he did to the 683 refugees from Chile; and if he will make a statement.

I do not accept the implication in the hon. Member's Question. Each refugee situation has to be considered in the light of all the relevant circumstances and an appropriate decision taken about admission to the United Kingdom. That is the course we have taken with regard to Chile and Vietnam, and it is too soon to review the criteria I announced on 8th May. We cannot yet assess what our commitment will be on the basis of those criteria.