HC Deb 07 June 1976 vol 912 cc573-4W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether, in view of the fact that the large numbers of immigrants landing in the United Kingdom are settling in areas of stress where problems affecting housing, employment and schooling are already in being, he will initiate discussions with the Governments of India, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to see whether these countries would admit these people if need be on some payment basis.

Mr. Luard

Many United Kingdom passport holders from East Africa have gone to countries other than the United Kingdom with a view to settlement, and more are expected to do so. Our only other substantial commitment is to the dependants overseas of men already settled here, and it would be out of place to invite other Governments to accept these families.

Mr. Hordern

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, following the Question from the hon. Member for Horsham and Crawley on 14th May, whether the number of United Kingdom passport holders in various countries entitled to come to the United Kingdom under the entry voucher system includes their dependants.

Mr. Luard

The estimated numbers given in my reply to the thon. Member on 18th May included dependants, all of whom are, or may become, passport holders.—[Vol. 911, c.515–16.]

Mr. Alexander W. Lyon

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how many applications have been received from wives and children of husbands settled in the United Kingdom at the ports in Dacca, Delhi, Bombay, Islamabad and Karachi during the last six months compared with the two preceding six months' periods;

(2) how many wives and children have now applied to come to the United Kingdom to settle with their husbands from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, respectively.

Mr. Luard

This information is not readily availablee. I shall arrange for it to be provided as soon as possible.