HC Deb 11 March 1997 vol 292 c259 10.41 pm
Mr. John Austin-Walker (Woolwich)

I have a petition on behalf of the Eruthianathan family who live in my constituency. In addition to the formal petition, there is a petition in like form signed by several hundred parishioners of the St. Benet's parish in Abbey Wood. The petition is also supported by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Southwark, the Anglican Bishop of Southwark, the Eruthianathans' own local bishop, the head of St. Paul's Roman Catholic secondary school, Abbey Wood, and the head of the Christ the King sixth form centre.

The petition reads: The Humble Petition…sheweth that it is the intention of the Secretary of State for the Home Department to deport Rita and Francis Eruthianathan and their two children, Llewellyn…and Lynette…that the family have lived in the UK continuously for 7 years and Llewellyn and Lynette have spent most of their Secondary School education in England; and that Mrs. Rita Eruthianathan's widowed mother and seven brothers and sisters are permanently resident in the UK and that her mother was granted leave to remain in the UK to be united with her family. Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House will call upon the Secretary of State for the Home Department to review his decision on compelling compassionate grounds and allow Rita, Francis, Llewellyn and Lynette Eruthianathan to remain in the United Kingdom.

To lie upon the Table.