§ The Secretary of State for the Home Department, Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (Mr. Robert Carr)
I shall not hesitate to use to the full my powers to keep out or to expel any alien who seems likely to engage in acts of violence or to encourage or incite such acts. It would not be in the public interest to give details of all our precautions. But I can say that immigration officers have been instructed to exercise special vigilance.
§ Mr. Rose
Will the right hon. Gentleman go further and make it crystal clear to Governments that harbour air pirates and terrorists and encourage air piracy and terrorism that there will be no alternative in those cases but to impose restrictions such as visas on their nationalis? I know from personal experience that the security now in operation at Heathrow is frighteningly inadequate and needs tightening up.
§ Mr. Carr
I would rather not comment specifically now on the first pant of the hon. Gentleman's question but I will certainly look at the second part. I think it is true to say that precautions at Heathrow are receiving far more atten- 442 tion than they used to, and I will see that that improvement continues.
§ Mr. Kilfedder
May I ask my right hon. Friend not to overlook that a country much closer to us that the countries mentioned by the hon. Member for Manchester, Blackley (Mr. Rose)—the Republic of Eire—has been harbouring and assisting criminals making constant attacks across the border into Northern Ireland? Will he control the entry of those citizens, who, remarkably, receive far better treatment than the citizens of the oldest members of the Commonwealth?
§ Mrs. Shirley Williams
The right hon. Gentleman will recognise that the House has supported him and his predecessor on occasions in the past in permitting legitimate political organisations to establish themselves in this country, but will he confirm that a very close watch is kept on any organisations which might be associated in any way with illegal actions?