HC Deb 09 December 1974 vol 883 cc40-1W
Mrs. Jeger

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his policy regarding the admission of Cypriots to Great Britain ; and whether, in view of the present difficulties, he will give sympathetic consideration to those who have lost their homes as a result of the Turkish invasion.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

We have been applying the Immigration Rules with sympathy and understanding, in the light of conditions in Cyprus and all the other relevant factors, but the United Kingdom cannot admit all those who have had the misfortune to lose their homes and wish to come here.

The greatest difficulties have arisen where we have had reason to believe that those applying to enter as visitors intended in fact to settle. To save an abortive journey across Europe, it would be in their interests to apply for an entry certificate at the nearest British embassy or high commission before they began their journey.