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Pratts Bottom

Volume 976: debated on Tuesday 18 December 1979

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Q4.

asked the Prime Minister if she will make an official visit to Pratts Bottom.

My right hon. Friend has at present no plans to do so.

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the villagers of Pratts Bottom will be disappointed because they wanted to congratulate my right hon. Friend on the Government's success so far? Is he further aware that they also wanted to ask her to contradict the Minister who recently told the press that the election commitment to introduce a register of dependants of immigrants had been dropped? That is not true—is it?

The register and the quota both remain part of Government policy. They require primary legislation. As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and I have made clear, there is no time for such legislation during this Session of Parliament. In accordance with well-established practice I cannot anticipate the Government's future legislative plans.