HL Deb 16 December 1982 vol 437 cc841-2WA
Lord McNair

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have now reconsidered the situation of Iranians in the United Kingdom who are afraid to go home and, if so, whether those Iranians who express such a fear but who do not fall within the terms of the International Convention on the Status of Refugees will now be allowed to remain in the United Kingdom.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Elton)

Where an Iranian expresses a fear of return to his own country but does not qualify for asylum here, he may be allowed to remain in this country exceptionally and outside the immigration rules. Officials have been instructed to consider applications from Iranians sympathetically but there will, nevertheless, be occasions where it would be inappropriate to grant exceptional treatment. Cases of continuing doubt are considered by my right honourable friends who are keeping the situation under review.