asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications from people living in Rhodesia are currently awaiting a decision in his Department as to whether or not the applicants can enter the United Kingdom; and how many of these have been awaiting a decision for more than three months.
On 2nd November, 17 Rhodesian citizens who had been refused leave to enter the United Kingdom were awaiting, while temporarily admitted, the outcome of their representations to the Home Office against refusal. Of those, two have been here for more than three months. The granting of concessionary passport facilities and, in the first instance, applications for entry clearance are matters for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. A few applications for entry clearance from people living in Rhodesia are referred to the Home Office, but they are generally dealt with well within three months.