§ 90. Mr. Hunt
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will seek to call a conference of representatives of the Governments of Kenya, Uganda, India and the United Kingdom in order to discuss the problems arising from the policies of Africanisation and immigration affecting Asian holders of United Kingdom passports at present living in East Africa.
§ Mr. Fisher
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 19W how many United Kingdom citizens in East Africa and elsewhere are now waiting in the queue for entry papers to the United Kingdom; and if he will give the breakdown of this figure in each relevant Commonwealth country.
§ Mr. Foley
The figures at 31st January, 1970, were as follows:
Kenya … … … 4,436 Uganda … … … 1,020 Elsewhere … … … 1,536
These are figures of all applicants and take into account many (including some 1,300 in India) who are not under pressure to leave their present country of residence. I regret that figures in respect of individual countries (other than Kenya and Uganda) are not available.
§ Mr. Fisher
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under what circumstances he will make an immediate grant of special vouchers for United Kingdom citizens wishing to come to Great Britain from East Africa.
§ Mr. Luard
As indicated by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department in the debate on the Second Reading of the Commonwealth Immigrants Bill in February, 1968, the High Commissioners, in determining the priorities between applications for vouchers, take fully into account the personal circumstances of the applicant and his family and also their status under the law of the country from which they seek to emigrate.