HC Deb 26 July 1979 vol 971 cc861-2
4. Mr. Greville Janner

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will refuse entry to the United Kingdom to any emissary of the Ku Klux Klan or other American racist organisations.

The Minister of State, Home Office (Mr. Timothy Raison)

Yes, Sir, provided the person concerned is subject to immigration control and his background and purpose in coming here are known to the immigration officer at the port.

Mr. Janner

Is the Minister aware of the visit paid by John Tyndall to the United States last month as a guest of the Ku Klux Klan and some of the most virulently racist organisations in the world? Will he let Mr. Tyndall, and all others in this country so involved, know that on any return visit members of the Ku Klux Klan will not only be deported but will be stopped by whatever lawful means are at his disposal?

Mr. Raison

I was not aware of the visit to the United States of John Tyndall, but it is our policy to refuse admission to known members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Mr. Eldon Griffiths

Will the Minister avoid confining non-admission to racists from the United States? In the spirit of the question that was asked, would it not be right for there to be similar prohibitions on anti-Chinese racists who might come here from Vietnam, on anti-Asian racists who might come here from Uganda, and, indeed, on anti-Jewish racists who occasionally come here from Russia?

Mr. Raison

I certainly offer no support to racism of any kind, but that is another matter.