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Volume 931: debated on Tuesday 3 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish in the Official Report his reply to the Chairman of the Community Relations Commission on the new immigration regulations covering male spouses.

I am placing a copy in the Library of the chairman's letter and my reply.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will take action to prevent persons with four wives from having the right to enter Great Britain with these four women and their children for settlement.

Such a case would be dealt with in accordance with the Immigration Rules under which a man settled in the United Kingdom may be joined by his wife for settlement where the marriage is one that would be recognised as valid under our law, subject to the issue of the necessary entry clearance. I have no reason to believe that wives by polygamous marriages which may be recognised in the United Kingdom are applying for entry clearances in any significant numbers.