HC Deb 16 December 1970 vol 808 cc369-70W
Mr. Charles R. Morris

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in his forthcoming legislation on Commonwealth immigration, he intends to include proposals for reducing the status of citizens of Australia, New Zealand and Canada to that of aliens as far as entry to the United Kingdom is concerned; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Maudling

The Bill will seek to introduce a single system of control for immigration from overseas. But so far as entry to this country is concerned, there will be no significant change in the law of nationality; and citizens of Australia, New Zealand and Canada, as of other Commonwealth countries will retain the status of British subjects in our law. I should also make it clear, in view of a contrary impression which appears to have arisen, that visitors and working holiday makers will continue in practice to be welcomed in the future on the same basis as they have been hitherto.