HC Deb 28 April 1966 vol 727 cc939-40
31. Sir D. Renton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has yet received the report of the committee appointed last November to consider further the problem of immigration; and when he proposes to introduce legislation following that report.

Mr. Foley

The Departmental Committee on Immigration Appeals, announced by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister last November, was appointed on 23rd February last. My right hon. Friend does not expect to have the Committee's report for several months; and he cannot anticipate it.

Sir D. Renton

Bearing in mind that the Government appear to stand by the principles enunciated in their White Paper last August, should not there be some degree of expedition about getting this Committee's work completed and legislation introduced?

Mr. Foley

The Committee, as I said, has started its work. It has had meetings already, it has visited the ports of entry and it is taking evidence. We cannot anticipate its findings. We are waiting for them and then we will proceed accordingly.