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Volume 176: debated on Wednesday 11 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his policy on a common immigration policy at European Community level.

EC Heads of Government agreed at the European Council in Strasbourg in December 1989 that an inventory of member states' immigration position should be prepared, with a view to further discussion at ministerial level. I would not wish to prejudge the outcome of this discussion, but we have made it clear that we regard immigration policy as a national matter.