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Immigrants (Deportation)

Volume 29: debated on Thursday 28 October 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases in the last three years immigrants from the New Commonwealth and Pakistan have failed to be deported solely because of the nationality status of their children; and how the proposed changes to the immigration rules will alter this position.

Statistics are not available on the number of cases where it is decided not to deport and the reasons for the decision. Deportation is considered in the light of all relevant factors. The nationality status of a person's children, particularly if they have the right of abode here, is one matter taken into account, although it is unlikely to be the sole reasons for a decision not to deport. Section 1(1) of the British Nationality Act 1981 will reduce the number of cases where the children of a person being considered for deportation will have the right of abode here and hence the number of cases where this is a factor to be considered.