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Overseas Visitors

Volume 976: debated on Friday 21 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visitors to the United Kingdom have been allowed to enter the United Kingdomon the basis of a one-month, two-months, three-months, six-months or one-year stay or for some other period for each of the last 12 quarters.

The information requested is not available because statistics of those admitted to the United Kingdomas visitors are not recorded by the length of stay granted. The total number of visitors given leave to enter for less than 12 months in each quarter of the years 1976 to 1978 were published in table 6(b) of "Control of Immigration: Statistics, 1978"—Cmnd. 7565; figures for the first three quarters of 1979 are given in the following table.

Visitors given leave to enter the United Kingdom for less than 12 months
1979Number of journeys
First quarter7,37,879
Second quarter1,491,628
Third quarter1,967,155