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Volume 983: debated on Thursday 24 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons, at the latest and most convenient stated date, from the Arabian States are settled in Great Britain; for what periods of time these are permitted to stay; how many are classified as students; and to what extent any of the costs for these people remaining in Great Britain fall upon the British taxpayer.

The information requested by the hon. Member is not available. However, statistics on those admitted to and accepted for settlement in the United Kingdom, analysed by citizenship and nationality, are published annually in " Control of Immigration Statistics". The issue for 1979, Cmnd. 7875, was published on 18 April.A sample survey of households and hotels taken in May 1977 by the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys suggests that there were then about 45,000 people resident in Great Britain who said they had been born in the States of Iran, Iraq, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yeman (Arab republic), and Yeman (People's Democratic Republic). This estimate includes students here for more than six months—other than those living in hostels or other institutions—but excludes, for example, visitors for less than six months.