HC Deb 06 November 1958 vol 594 cc96-7W
66. Mr. Awbery

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations if he is aware that the Government of the Federation of Malaya are modifying the Immigration Ordinance, 1952, and propose to limit the right of British subjects who are not born in, or ordinarily resident in, Malaya, to move freely in and out of a Commonwealth country and that the only people who will enjoy the right of entry will be citizens of the Federation and of Singapore; and what representations he will make with a view to preserving the rights of citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies.

Mr. Alport

British subjects not born in or ordinarily resident in Malaya have since 1953 had to be in possession of permits or passes before entering or reentering the Federation. Under Emergency Regulations made on 3rd October, the Government of the Federation have amended the immigration laws so as to provide that persons other than Federation citizens may, in certain circumstances, be declared prohibited immigrants. I am informed that these regulations were introduced mainly for security reasons and that the Government of the Federation have no intention of further restricting the entry or re-entry to Malaya of persons born in the United Kingdom or Singapore who do not fall within the existing categories of prohibited immigrants. The reply to the second part of the Question is "None".

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