HC Deb 16 November 1965 vol 720 cc54-5W
Sir C. Osborne

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the 54,319 Commonwealth immigrants admitted to the United Kingdom during the month of September came for employment and counted against the 10,000 maximum per annum; what check there is on the balance; for what purpose they came; whether they can stay indefinitely; whether they can seek employment subsequently; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. George Thomas

Commonwealth citizens subject to Part I of the Commonwealth Immigrants Act, 1962, who were admitted during September, 1965, were classified as follows:

Voucher-holders 1,131
Dependants 3,411
Other immigrants 236
Returning residents 14,084
Students 4,236
Visitors for more than six months 1,717
Remaining incoming passengers (mainly visitors for periods of less than six months) 29,504

Most of those in the last three categories were admitted on conditions limiting the period of their stay; and, in some cases, there was an additional condition restricting freedom to take employment. A Commonwealth citizen is free to stay in the United Kingdom or, as the case may be, to take employment save when doing so conflicts with the conditions on which he has been admitted to the United Kingdom. On 2nd August the issue of vouchers was reduced to a rate of 8,500 a year. A voucher normally remains valid for six months and some of the voucher-holders who were admitted during September will have been granted their vouchers before the rate of issue was reduced.