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Volume 934: debated on Tuesday 28 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will review the ways in which immigrants arriving in Great Britain for work are eligible for protection under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will give, for the longest and most convenient period of time, the annual rate of return to their homeland of immigrants; what were the costs to public funds; how many have returned to the United Kingdom; what steps are taken to keep checks; and what legal action can be taken against an immigrant who repeatedly returns to his homeland and subsequently re-enters the United Kingdom.

This information is not available; but in the five years from 1st April 1972 to 1st April 1977, 288 families, comprising 840 individuals, were assisted to leave the United Kingdom under the terms of Section 29 of the Immigration Act 1971 at an estimated cost to public funds of some £293,000.The immigration rules for control on entry exclude people, subject to immigration control who receive assistance from public funds towards the cost of leaving this country, from readmission to the United Kingdom as returning residents unless, in the case of Commonwealth citizens, they were settled here at the coming into force of the Act and were also settled here at any time during the two years preceding their return; in which case their right to return within that period is protected by Section 1(5) of the Act. Details of people given assistance under Section 29 are circulated to immigration officers.Since the Act came into force, a total of 16 repatriates enjoying the protection of Section 1(5) have been readmitted.