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Vietnamese Refugees

Volume 974: debated on Wednesday 21 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the boat people have been received to date into Great Britain from Hong Kong (a) into the reception centres and (b) into permanent homes; how many he expects to receive in November and December; and when he now estimates that the Government will have received into the United Kingdom the full quota agreed at the Geneva conference.

I understand from the joint committee for refugees from Vietnam that during the months February to October inclusive the refugees from camps in Hong Kong received into reception centres in this country numbered about 1,530 and the number of such refugees who went direct to permanent homes on their arrival here was about 30. About 1,500 refugees are expected to have arrived from Hong Kong during the period 1 November end December. It is not yet possible to say when the quota agreed at the Geneva conference will all have arrived.