§ Mr. Giles Shaw
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department in view of his reply to the hon. Member for Pudsey on 18th March regarding Rhodesian African students admitted to the United Kingdom, on what statistical evidence the Press release issued by his Department on 10th October 1975 stated that large numbers of Rhodesian Africans had arrived in the United Kingdom since the relaxation of the immigration rules for their benefit.
§ Mr. Alexander W. Lyon
Normally immigration statistics do not distinguish between students according to their race or the type of institution they are to attend. But in the summer of 1975, when it became clear that Africans from Rhodesia were being encouraged by certain organisations to come to the United Kingdom without having made proper arrangements, a special check was made at London Airport; and it was on the result of this that the information included in the press statement of 10th October, 1975 was based.