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Entry Clearances

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are applied in determining a visa application from an individual accused of promoting race hate. (197334)

The Home Secretary may exclude from the UK any person where she judges that their presence here would not be conducive to the public good. A person so excluded will be refused a visa or permission to enter the UK should they make such an application. In August 2005 the then Home Secretary published a list of certain behaviours which, if engaged in, would normally lead to a person being excluded or deported from the UK. That list includes the expression of views that

“foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK”.

Those who promote “race hate” fall within this provision.