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Visas (Visitors From Warsaw Pact Countries)

Volume 981: debated on Thursday 27 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are applied in the granting of visas to prospective visitors to the United Kingdom from Warsaw Pact countries; how many have been granted, and how many refused in the last 12 months.

All visitors, whatever their nationality, must satisfy the requirements of the immigration rules, in particular paragraph 17. I regret that figures for the number of visas issued and refused in Warsaw Pact countries are not available, but I refer the hon. Member to the "Control of Immigration Statistics" published each year, which contain some information about the number of visitors admitted from these countries and the total number of passengers refused admission.