HC Deb 05 December 1983 vol 50 c14W
Mr. Fisher

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for visas (a) to study and (b) for political asylum he has received from Iranian nationals in each of the past three years; and how many of these applications he has approved.

Mr. Waddington

I understand from my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs that the information requested about visa applications to study is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Following is the information about applications for political asylum made by Iranians from abroad including applications from dependants to join Iranians already granted asylum here.

Number of persons covered by applications Number granted asylum
1981 27 18
1982 95 72
1983 (to date) 66 37

Grants are not necessarily made in the year of application.