HC Deb 11 December 1972 vol 848 cc11-2
9. Mr. Adley

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Ugandans, expelled by General Amin, he estimates have been taken in by Canada, Australia and New Zealand, respectively, to the latest stated date.

Lord Balniel

By 1st December 4,750 Ugandan Asians had arrived in Canada, 77 in Australia and 24 in New Zealand. Canada had approved a total of 6,300 applications for immigrant visas from Ugandan Asians and Australia 477. New Zealand had approved a total of 27 applications, and a further 139 were under consideration.

Mr. Adley

In view of the interest in total reciprocity of arrangements reportedly expressed by the new Australian and New Zealand Governments, would not my right hon. Friend agree that the British Government should do more to persuade these two new Governments to take more of their fair share of British passport-holding citizens regardless of the colour of their skins?

Lord Balniel

We have said that we propose to consult Commonwealth Governments about immigration matters, and I have nothing more to add.