HC Deb 25 April 1986 vol 96 c247W
Mr. Greenway

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to the answer of 18 April, Official Report, column 512, what procedures are used to review the immigration status of Libyan trainee engineers and pilots studying in the United Kingdom; what factors are currently being taken into account in such reviews; and if she will make a statement;

(2) if he will list the criteria used in deciding to allow Libyan trainee engineers and pilots to enter the United Kingdom; what time limit and other conditions were attached to their stay; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Waddington

Applications for leave to enter or remain are considered individually in accordance with the requirements of the immigration rules. Libyan nationals remain subject to the strict immigration controls announced by my right hon. and learned Friend the then Home Secretary on 1 May 1984 and all applications from them are subject to very close scrutiny. As my hon. Friend will be aware, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport has issued directions which will effectively prevent Libyan trainee engineers and pilots from completing their courses. Their current basis of stay therefore no longer exists and they will be expected to leave. My right hon. Friend will not hesitate to use his powers to curtail their stay or to initiate deportation action in appropriate cases, if they fail to leave voluntarily.