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Volume 927: debated on Tuesday 8 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many applications he received in Cyprus for Greek and Turkish Cypriots to obtain visas to travel to the United Kingdom in the years 1974, 1975 and 1976; what proportion in each year was accepted; and if he will make a statement.

In 1976 6,354 applications for entry clearance were received from citizens of Cyprus; 5,056 were granted and 860 refused. No distinction is made between Greek or Turkish Cypriots. Figures for 1974 and 1975 are not available, as records of applications were not kept by nationality.