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Immigration (Indian Subcontinent)

Volume 927: debated on Tuesday 1 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will consider establishing an agreed certificate of status between the Pakistan Government and the United Kingdom Government which would be issued by the former Government to would-be immigrants, and accepted as proof of status by the United Kingdom Government; and if he will have talks with Pakistan Embassy officials to this end.

My hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State had useful discussions with the Pakistan Government during her recent visit to the subcontinent concerning the assistance which our posts might seek from them in immigration matters, and these discussions will be continued. The Pakistan Government have indicated that they fully recognise that the decision whether or not to accept someone as eligible for settlement here must remain entirely a matter for the United Kingdom Government.