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Vietnamese Refugees

Volume 82: debated on Tuesday 2 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, what representations he has received with regard to the impact of the new board and lodging regulations upon Vietnamese refugees; and if he will make a statement.

We have received several representations from, among others, the British Refugee Council about the possible impact of the new board and lodging regulations on Vietnamese refugees. The main concern was that young Vietnamese refugees living with their parents in board and lodging accommodation would be forced to leave because of the time limits on payment as a boarder. The draft regulations laid before the House on 26 June exempt such young people from the time limits and payments will be made on an ex-gratia basis until the regulations come into force. If there are any other problems affecting Vietnamese refugees we will look into them.