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Volume 983: debated on Wednesday 23 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the numbers of (a) prosecutions from 1 January 1960 to 1 January 1973, and from 1 January 1973 to date, respectively, under (i) section 3(1) of the Aliens Restriction (Amendment) Act 1919 and (ii) section 3(2) of the Act, (b) convictions under each of these subsections and (c) deportations following convictions under each of these subsections; and what was the date of the last prosecution.

The information requested is not available separately for each section or subsection of the Aliens Restriction (Amendment) Act 1919. The information available relates to persons proceeded against and found guilty at magistrates' courts for all offences under the operative Acts or Orders in Council thereunder and is published annually in " Criminal Statistics, England and Wales" (offence classification 102 of table 1(a) of the volume for 1978, Cmnd. 7670). This information shows that a prosecution under the Act of 1919 was completed during 1978. Information on the number of persons deported following convictions under the Acts is not available.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the monthly total of persons seeking admission at Heathrow airport who were refused admission in each month from November 1979 to the latest available date; and how many of these persons were Iranians.

The information requested is given in the following table.

Number of persons
TotalOf which Iranian nationals
November 19791,020338
December 19791,170354
January 1980934*329*
February 1980836*209*

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide a breakdown of the prison population detained under Immigration Act powers on the latest convenient dates (a) alleged illegal entrants, (b) recommended for deportation by the courts without custodial sentence, (c) recommended for deportation and custodial sentence discharged, (d) under section 3(5)(a) of the Immigration Act 1971 and (e) under section 3(5)(b) of the Immigration Act 1971.

The information on 18 April 1980 for England and Wales was as follows: