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Volume 973: debated on Thursday 8 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what statute or other legal authority requires legislation before the introduction of a register of those wives and children entitled to entry for settlement under the Immigration Act 1971.

This would depend on the system of registration being introduced. The parliamentary group chaired by Lord Franks reported—Cmnd. 6698—that in its view the only feasible system which would also meet the criterion at usefulness would require legislation to qualify section 1(5) of the Immigration Act 1971. Legislation could also be required if, as the Franks group thought desirable, there were to be criminal penalties for intentionally providing false information, or if there were to be any extension of the appeals system.