HC Deb 13 May 1968 vol 764 c183W
76. Mr. David Steel

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs on how many occasions in each year since 1951 have passports for United Kingdom citizens been impounded by Her Majesty's Government with and without reasons being made public.

Mr. William Rodgers

Since 1951 an average of 2,400 passports of United Kingdom citizens has been impounded each year, the vast majority of them being passports of persons repatriated at public expense. The exact figures are not available.

Captain Kerby

asked the Seretary of State for Foreign Affairs if under his regulations British diplomatic missions, high commissions and consular posts overseas are empowered to grant special one-way British passports marked British Subject to coloured persons, in particular those who state that they are political refugees; what special instructions favour such issues; how many have been granted to date; and to whom.

Mr. William Rodgers

The instructions governing the grant of passport facilities by United Kingdom diplomatic missions, High Commissions and consular posts contain no special provisions for persons of a particular colour.