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Volume 35: debated on Thursday 27 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many men who have come to the United Kingdom on the basis of marriage to a woman resident in the United Kingdom have been refused permission to settle after one year, since November 1979.

Statistics of refusals to grant settlement are not regularly compiled. I cannot add to the estimate which my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary gave during the debate on the proposed immigration rules on 15 December—[Vol. 34, c. 362]—when he said that about 150 men had been refused settlement in the year 1982 as a result of the breakdown of their marriages.