HC Deb 01 March 1983 vol 38 cc135-6W
Sir Patrick Wall

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Polish refugees have come to the United Kingdom since the imposition of military government in Poland; how many have been given six-monthly visas; and how many have been given permanent residence.

Mr. Waddington

Nine hundred and eighty Polish nationals who were in the United Kingdom when martial law was declared have been granted further exceptional) leave to remain for six months. A small number of other Poles who have come here since martial law have applied for and been granted similar exceptional leave to remain. Three Poles from Austria have been granted initial leave to enter for 12 months. In addition, 38 Poles have been granted asylum with leave to remain initially for 12 months.

Since martial law no Polish national has been returned to Poland against his will.