HL Deb 06 December 1979 vol 403 c956WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will define the phrase "without recourse to public funds" used in the draft Immigration Rules (Cmnd. 7750); and in particular, whether a person who seeks access to any service such as education or medical treatment which is provided at public expense is deemed to be having recourse to public funds.


It is not practicable to cover all the ways in which a person might have recourse to public funds nor is it possible to generalise on the circumstances in which a person in receipt of a particular form of State aid would be deemed to be covered by the phrase to which the noble Lord draws attention. Cases will be considered on their merits.