HC Deb 19 December 1979 vol 976 cc216-7W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will intervene to prevent the deportation of Gias Uddin, notwithstanding the recommendation of the court, on compassionate grounds, bearing in mind that he has been in detention for five months.

Mr. Raison

No. It has been the normal practice under successive Governments for those who have entered this country illegally to be removed, in the absence of compelling circumstances to the contrary. Neither the length of detention in this case, which was due to repeated representations and to an application for a judicial review, nor any other aspect of it justifies exceptionally allowing Gias Uddin to remain here permanently. He may appeal from abroad to an independent adjudicator against the decision to remove him as an illegal entrant.