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Arab Nationals

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 15 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, as a matter of urgency, he will take immediate action to ascertain how many Arabs are now resident in Great Britain temporarily and permanently, and to have them register their addresses or places of abode and that where students are using false educational establishments as a means of entry into Great Britain, he will prevent such practices in the future.

Foreign nationals are, when appropriate, required to register their addresses with the police. People coming for study must satisfy the requirements of the immigration rules and anyone discovered to be giving false information is liable to be refused admission. Statistics, by nationality, of people admitted to this country each year are published annually. Special exercises of the kind suggested to obtain further statistics would be costly and of doubtful value.