§ Mr. Merlyn Rees
Consistently with the statement made by my right hon. Friend the then Minister of Health on 25th July, I decided that Mr. L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, should not be admitted to the United Kingdom. If other members of his family wish to visit this country, they should apply to the appropriate British representative overseas, and any application would be considered in the light of all the relevant information.
§ Dr. Gray
If Mr. Ronald Hubbard has no criminal record, why should he be excluded for his religious and philosophical views? How many other individual scientologists is my hon. Friend excluding in this way? Does he agree that his action is a blow to the traditional view of civil liberties in this country?
§ Mr. Hordern
Does not the Minister agree that it would be better for the Government to institute a public inquiry into Scientology and everything appertaining to it?