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Volume 975: debated on Friday 7 December 1979

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what discussions he has had with other EEC Ministers on proposals to curb immigration to all EEC countries; when he expects a decision will be reached on these proposals; and if he will make a statement.

There are no proposals to curb legal immigration. The Commission is now considering revised proposals for the proposed directive on illegal immigration, which my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Home Office discussed with it informally in September. The Commission has proposed terms of reference for consultation about conditions for the admission of migrant workers from third countries, but no early decisions are envisaged.