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Immigration

Volume 32: debated on Wednesday 24 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been deported in each of the last five years because marriages had not subsisted for a year.

The information requested is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what factors led to the reduction in the numbers of deportations of illegal immigrants between 1980 and 1982.

The high figures for 1980 reflect the clearance of a backlog of cases of foreign nationals that had been held in abeyance pending court decisions.I regret that incorrect figures for the number of persons removed as illegal immigrants in the first two quarters of 1982 were given in the answer to my hon. Friend's question on 18 November.—[Vol. 32, c.

240–41.] Those figures did not include people who made a voluntary departure under the supervision of the Immigration Service. The following table gives the corrected figures for the first two quarters of 1982 and the figure for the third quarter which is now available.

1st Qtr.

2nd Qtr.

3rd Qtr.

4th Qtr.

Total

1978123135147133538
1979117148152168585
1980230280250140900
1981200170130150650
1982140160140

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been as a result of the investigations in the last five years into organised schemes of abuse of marriage rules.