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Entry Clearance

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the risk of terrorist activity by Methodist preachers who are United States citizens before adjudication following requests for entry clearance to the United Kingdom for the purpose of vocational religious education; and if she will make a statement. (77611)

All entry clearance applications worldwide are checked against a warnings index which contains the details of individuals identified as posing a threat to the security of the United Kingdom. For security reasons, I am unable to give details of which individuals or groups may be on this index.

We are, however, concerned to ensure that legitimate entry clearance applications for legitimate vocational religious education should not be unreasonably impeded and there will be further consideration of the issues with the Home Office.