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Post-Medical Officers (Health Controls)

Volume 116: debated on Tuesday 12 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Service if he will list the diseases which may be used by port medical officers as grounds for restricting entry into Britain.

The conditions which, in certain circumstances, could justify a medical inspector recommending to an immigration officer that the admission to Britain of a person referred to him was undesirable include:—

  • (i) mental disorder which might cause a breach of public order, or threaten the safety of the public;
  • (ii) drug dependence;
  • (iii) diseases which endanger the health of persons in this country;
  • (iv) other medical or physical conditions which may require medical treatment or affect the person's ability to support himself or his relatives.
  • All cases are considered on their merits. Special provisions applicable to European Community nationals are listed in the annex to European Community directive 64/21, a copy of which is being placed in the Library.