§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why he prevented ex-Wing Commander Frederick Simmonds from entering Great Britain to visit his sick mother some two years ago whilst he was enabled recently to visit his mother and stay in Great Britain for one month; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. John
Wing Commander Simmonds is subject to passport and travel restrictions under the terms of the statement made to this House on 27th June 1968 by the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs. He was refused entry on 14th May 1977 by virtue of article 5 of the Southern Rhodesia (Immigration Act 1971) Order 1972. I have seen a report that he visited this country recently and if this report is accurate it appears that his liability to be refused entry was not detected by the immigration officer.