§ Mr. Biggs-Davison
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many refugees from Vietnam have been admitted to the United Kingdom; and how many more he is prepared to admit.
§ Mr. Merlyn Rees
Under the arrangements described in my reply of 7th February to a Question by hon. Friend the Member for Warley, East (Mr. Faulds)—[Vol. 943, c.488]—278 refugees from Vietnam have been admitted to the United Kingdom. 127 of them were "small boat" refugees and a further 46 of these are expected to arrive in the near future. In addition, 138 people who were in the United Kingdom at the time of the change of regime in Vietnam have been allowed to stay.
There is no numerical limit on the admission of refugees from any part of Indo-China who have previous connections or ties with the United Kingdom.