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Indian Migrants

Volume 19: debated on Friday 12 March 1982

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asked the Lord Privy Seal how many British passport holders are now waiting in India to be admitted to the United Kingdom.

At the end of 1981 there were 4,930 applicants awaiting issue of vouchers.

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether Her Majesty's Government will reconsider the possibility of applicants for special vouchers, requiring a medical examination before the issue of such vouchers, being X-rayed and examined by a local doctor rather than having to travel to Bombay for such an examination.

Special voucher applicants in India are required to undergo medical examination in New Delhi or Bombay when they reach the top of the waiting list for a voucher and need to travel there for interview. The high commission in New Delhi refers appropriate interim medical examinations to a doctor in Jullundur. The deputy high commission in Bombay is considering the feasibility of making a similar arrangement.

asked the Lord Privy Seal in what exceptional compassionate circumstances the United Kingdom high commission in India now considers requests for priority in the issue of special vouchers to enter the United Kingdom.

United Kingdom-based staff70635554
Locally engaged staff154135111106
Cost (salary and allowances)£1,293,048£1,292,131£1,271,277£1,346,447
The cost figures are based on the estimates on survey prices for the year concerned.

Priority is given to United Kingdom passport holders aged 70 or over and to widows who can look for support to their children settled here. All other requests for priority are considered on their individual merits.

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether it is still the aim of Her Majesty's Government to give an applicant for a special voucher three months' notice of when his or her voucher will be issued.

Posts in India will continue to give applicants three months' notice of interview.

asked the Lord Privy Seal when applications were lodged for those special vouchers which were most recently issued.

Applicants in India in the priority categories who received special vouchers in February this year had applied for them in March-April 1976. Non-priority applicants who received vouchers in February had applied for them in January-early February 1976.