HC Deb 21 January 1986 vol 90 c172W
Mr. Cohen

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people have been excluded on the personal direction of himself or his predecessors from the United Kingdom during each of the last 10 years; in each case, on what grounds; and what was their nationality;

(2) how many persons excluded on grounds of national security, good international relations or for other such reasons have sought in the last 10 years to have their exclusion order revoked; and what was the outcome in each case.

Mr. Hurd

Separate statistics of persons excluded on the personal directions of the Secretary of State have been collected only since 1984. Their nationality was as follows:

1984 1985
Bulgaria 1 1
Canada 1
Cuba 1 3
Czechoslovakia 1
Greece 1
Hungary 3 3
India 1
Iraq 1
Iran 1 1
Lebanon 3
Libya 4 6
Netherlands 1
Pakistan 1
Poland 2 2
Switzerland 1
Syria 4
Uganda 1
USSR 6 9
Nationality doubtful 1 2
27 40

In 1984 and 1985 the main categories of people excluded were those excluded on security grounds and those who there was reason to believe were involved in terrorist activities. In 1984 another significant category was officials of international Communist Front organisations.

In one case the exclusion directions were subsequently withdrawn. In one other case an application for their withdrawal was refused.

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