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Volume 974: debated on Thursday 29 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of Iranians who have entered the United Kingdom illegally since the revolution led by the Ayatollah Khomeini; whether any of these are being considered as refugees from the Khomeini régime and if so, what proportion; and what estimate he has made of the numbers of those Iranians who have entered illegally from the United States of America.

The available figures show that between 1 January and the middle of November 1979, eight Iranian illegal entrants were detected. None claimed to be a political refugee.