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Foreign Visitors

Volume 19: debated on Friday 12 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, further to the reply given by the Minister of State on 18 February, Official Report, c. 392, on the overall number of visitors refused entry to the United Kingdom (a) how many arrived from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, respectively, in 1981 (b) how many such visitors in each category were refused entry and (c) if, in each category, he will express the number of refusals as a percentage of the total number.

[pursuant to his reply, 1 March 1982, c. 22]: Figures of admissions by category and of total refusals are published annually in the command paper "Control of Immigration: Statistics" by citizenship-nationality: the issue for 1980 was Cmnd. 8199 and that for 1981 will be published next month. The information for 1981 is given in the following table. Comprehensive information is not available on refusals of those seeking admission as visitors.

I refer the hon. Member to our reply to the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Sparkbrook (Mr. Hattersley) on 12 March.