HC Deb 09 July 1971 vol 820 cc476-7W
Mr. Judd

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Commonwealth citizens arriving at British airports and ports with entry certificates during the past month have been refused immediate admission; what were their countries of origin; how many are still in detention; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Sharples

During June 13 were refused admission. One was a United Kingdom passport holder from East Africa. The countries of origin of the remainder were Australia (1), Ghana (1), Mauritius (4), Nigeria (1), Pakistan (2), Uganda (1) and Tanzania (2). One was in detention on 7th July, pending an appeal to the Immigration Appeal Tribunal.

Fifty-seven other entry certificate holders had to be detained, in most cases for short periods, pending further examination before they could be admitted.

My right hon. Friend is keeping the operation of the entry certificate system under review.