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Immigration

Volume 975: debated on Monday 3 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers the immigration service has concerning security at ports and airports.

Immigration officers act in accordance with powers contained in the Immigration Act 1971. They also have certain powers derived from the Prevention of Terrorism (Supplemental Temporary Provisions) Order 1976, as amended.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unmarried men of marriageable age have come to the United Kingdom from the Indian sub-continent to settle since 1 January 1973 (a) with the purpose of marriage and (b) for other purposes.

Admissions of men for marriage and total admissions analysed by citizenship/nationality are published annually in the Command Paper "Control of Immigration: Statistics" (tables 1 and 9(a) of the issue for 1978, Cmnd. 7565). Information is not available by age, or, in the case of total admissions, by sex or marital status.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what nationalities were the 356 foreign-born husbands who were refused permission to enter or remain on the basis of marriage to a woman settled in the United Kingdom in the two years ending 31 March 1979.

The available information is as follows:

Commonwealth citizens
Australia2
Bangladesh5
Cyprus8
Ghana3
Hong Kong2
India112
Jamaica4
Kenya1
Malta1
Mauritius6
Nigeria5
Sierra Leone3
Singapore1
Sri Lanka8
Tanzania2
Trinidad1
Zambia2
Total166
Foreign nationals
Algeria3
Brazil2
Egypt66
Greece3
Indonesia1
Iran25
Iraq2
Israel5
Jordan2
Lebanon2
Morocco12
Norway1
Pakistan3
Philippines1
Portugal2
Somali4
South Africa1
Spain1
Syria5
Thailand3
Tunisia1
Turkey23
USA2
Yemen2
Yugoslavia2
East European16
Total190

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will consider in detail a scheme for providing the families of excludees with financial assistance.

I have considered carefully the arguments for such a scheme and have concluded that the provision of assistance to the families of excluded persons would not be justified.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many elderly persons over 65 years were admitted for settlement from the Asian sub-continent between May and the present time.

The information requested could be made available only at disproportionate cost.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give an estimate as to how many women, born to British parents overseas, would face discrimination under the proposed new legislation on immigration and nationality.

I do not accept the hon. Member's assumption. I cannot give a reliable estimate of the number of women born to British parents overseas.