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Volume 33: debated on Tuesday 7 December 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the additional conditions attaching to the right of entry of the spouse of a female British citizen born in the United Kingdom or with a parent born in the United Kingdom against that of the spouse of a similar male.

The conditions under which husbands are at present allowed to enter this country are set out in paragraph 50 of the "Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules" (HC 394) which was laid before Parliament on 20 February 1980. Paragraphs 42–45 deal with the entry of wives. The entry of husbands is subject to specific tests designed to assess the motives of the applicant and the nature of the relationship between the parties, and admission is for a limited period only in the first instance. Wives are not subject to similar tests, although their admission, like that of all passengers, is subject to the general considerations in paragraphs 67–69, and they are accepted for settlement on arrival. It is also a condition of entry of a wife that the sponsor must be able and willing to maintain and accommodate her without recourse to public funds, unless he is a Commonwealth citizen who has the right of abode or was settled in the United Kingdom on the coming into force of the Immigration Act 1971.