HC Deb 22 May 1957 vol 570 cc84-5W
78. Mr. Elwyn Jones

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies on what, and whose, authority certain students from. West Africa coming to the United Kingdom to study have been required, as a condition of the issue of a passport to them, to deposit a substantial sum of money against the possibility of repatriation; and what interest is paid to such students on such sums on the return of the students to West Africa.

Mr. Profumo:

The aim is to safeguard the funds of colonial Governments where there is some risk that the applicants may become destitute abroad and require repatriation. The deposits do not earn interest. Passports are issued in exercise of the Royal Prerogative and in a Colonial Territory this is a matter for the Governor or (in Nigeria) Governor-General.

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