§ Mr. Stevens
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made as to how many of the 171,800 Iranian nationals admitted to the United Kingdom during 1979 remained beyond the time specified in their entry permits; and what steps were taken, or will be taken, to ensure that those who overstayed are required to leave.
§ Mr. Raison
The available statistics do not enable such an estimate to be made. Any person who is found to have overstayed is liable to deportation and may also be prosecuted for an offence under section 24(1) (b) of the Immigration Act 1971, the maximum penalty for which is a fine of not more than £200, or six months' imprisonment, or both.