HC Deb 04 July 1978 vol 953 cc117-8W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why Annika Pavel, a Czech citizen, was allowed to enter Great Britain in order to marry James Sullivan, an American, and both are now allowed to remain in Great Britain.

Mr. John

I regret that on the information provided we have not so far been able to identify the case, but I can say generally that there is no bar to the marriage of foreign nationals in this country if they have been given leave to enter and are free to marry, or to their remaining here thereafter if they qualify to do so under the immigration rules.

ation to enter Great Britain for temporary or permanent residence, and similar details for persons from Africa and the Arab States and the Asian subcontinent; and what were the reasons for the refusals in each case.

Mr. John

Details by nationality 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 1977 are given in Tables 1(a) and 1(b) of Cmnd. 7160. The following table gives the readily available information on the main reasons for refusing entry to the United Kingdom at ports during 1977.