HC Deb 22 January 1982 vol 16 c215W
Mr. Terry Davis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to be in a position to reply to the letter dated 26 November 1981 from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Stechford, about the child of a Ugandan national living in the United Kingdom; and whether, and on what date, he requested information from the British High Commission in Kampala in connection with that letter.

Mr. Raison

Telex messages were sent to the British High Commission in Kampala on 9 and 21 December 1981 seeking details of the refusal of entry clearance for the child. In his reply of 13 January the entry clearance officer said that entry clearance had been sought for a four-week visit and had been refused in July 1981 as he had not been satisfied that the child would leave the United Kingdom at the end of this period. On 19 November an organisation in Birmingham had written to the entry clearance officer to say that the child was in fact seeking to come to the United Kingdom for an indefinite period to join his parents and the child and his guardian had been given an appointment for further interview. This appointment had not been kept and the entry clearance officer will now arrange a second appointment. When he has been able to obtain full details of the application he will refer it to the Home Office for a decision.

I shall write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.