HC Deb 01 December 1977 vol 940 c310W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will give for the longest and most convenient period of time details of persons to whom he has refused permission to land in Great Britain, and what were the reasons for banning their entry.

Mr. Merlyn Rees

Details of the number of Commonwealth citizens and foreign nationals refused entry to the United Kingdom at ports are given in the annual Home Office publication "Control of Immigration Statistics". Figures for 1976 are given in Tables 1(a) and 1(b) of Cmnd. 6883.

The table below indicates the main reasons for refusing entry to the United Kingdom at ports during 1976.

Reason for Refusal Numbers
Insufficient means for visit or not genuine visitor 6,134
Lack of a United Kingdom visa by foreign national 1,343
Transit passenger thought to be unable or not intending to proceed at once to another country and assured of entry there 1,062
Intention to study not genuine or unsatisfactory arrangements for study 725
Seeking employment without a Work Permit. 393
Other reasons* 1,877
Total 11,534
* See the Statement of Immigration rules for Control on Entry: Commonwealth citizens (H.C. 79, paras. 55–63); EEC and other non-Commonwealth Nationals (H.C. 81. paras. 58–65).