HC Deb 19 January 1977 vol 924 cc228-9W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action his Department takes to ensure that when visitors from overseas are allowed to enter Great Britain on a temporary visa for a stated period they actually return when their time is up; why this was not enforced in the case of Mr. Tokumbo Ademiluyi; and to what extent the practice adopted by Mr. Ademiluyi, details of which have been supplied to him, is being operated by other temporary visitors.

Mr. Merlyn Rees

Selective routine checks are made on passengers admitted on a temporary basis to ensure that they have left by the end of their permitted stay. Machinery exists to trace those who fail to embark, though this cannot always be successful. Where an evader is traced or otherwise comes to notice, the Home Secretary may take action to deport him; alternatively, on conviction, a court may recommend deportation—as, I understand, has happened in the case of Mr. Ademiluyi. It is my policy to act on such a court recommendation unless there are substantial reasons for not doing so. I shall consider Mr. Ademiluyi's case when I have a report from the police.

I am determined to ensure that all practicable measures are taken to combat overstaying. It is, however, impracticable to quantify the number of cases in which the circumstances are similar to those of Mr. Ademiluyi, because of their very nature.