HC Deb 23 October 1973 vol 861 cc458-9W
Mr. Tope

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that those Ugandan Asians at present resident in this country with husbands still abroad are reunited here as soon as possible.

Mr. Lane

Under the immigration rules, a man does not have a center to enter this country for settlement on the ground that his wife is resident here. This was made clear at the time to the wives who were allowed to come here when Asians were expelled from Uganda.

Mr. Russell Johnston

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what number of Ugandan Asians is still living in camps in the United Kingdom awaiting offers of employment and housing; and what proportion of the total number of Asians that entered camps this figure represents.

Mr. Lane

On 22nd October, of the 21,986 refugees who have spent some time in the Uganda Resettlement Board's resettlement centres, 513—2.3 per cent.—were being accommodated in the one remaining centre at West Mailing, Kent.