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Volume 974: debated on Monday 26 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out in the Official Report the number of immigrants who arrived at Heathrow airport for settlement on 20 November, the number of these who were fiancés, and fiancées, and the number who had work permits.

The information requested is not readily available and could not be obtained without disproportionate expense.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the minimum conditions that will have to be met by the parties to a marriage or proposed marriage to ensure that the husband or fiancé, respectively is not refused permission to enter the United Kingdom because of paragraph 50(c) or 52(c) of the draft immigration rules as contained in Cmnd. 7750.

The husband or fiancé would have to satisfy the entry clearance officer that he had met his wife or fiancé.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it will be his policy, in reviewing individual applications for entry on compassionate grounds, to take into consideration the historic, social and religious dictates of the caste system.

Any factors which appear to be relevant will be taken into account; I cannot undertake that those mentioned by the hon. Member will prove conclusive in the applicant's favour in any particular case.