HC Deb 10 July 1987 vol 119 cc299-301W
Ms. Ruddock

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people in the United Kingdom here before 1973 have applied for their spouses and children to join them; and how many applications have been (a) granted, (b) refused and (c) are still being considered;

(2) what are the countries of origin of all those people settled in the United Kingdom before 1973 who have applied to be joined by their spouses and children;

(3) how many persons settled in the United Kingdom before 1973 have outstanding applications for (a) their spouses and (b) their children to join them here; and what is his estimate of the number who cannot provide accommodation and means of support for them.

(4) how many persons settled in the United Kingdom before 1973 are entitled to be joined here by their spouses and children.

Mr. Renton

The available information relates to entry clearance applications granted and refused in the Indian subcontinent to wives and children of Commonwealth citizens (including British citizens) who were settled in the United Kingdom on 1 January 1973, ie persons covered by section 1(5) of the Immigration Act 1971, and is given in the following table. Such wives and children do not need to satisfy the maintenance and accommodation requirements of the immigration rules.

Applications in the Indian subcontinent for entry clearance to the United Kingdom by wives and children covered by section 1(5) of the Immigration Act 19712
Number of persons
Wives Children
Granted3 Refused initially Granted3 Refused initially
1985 September3 to December 50 20 1,760 1,030
1986 270 90 2,630 1,750
1987 January to March 110 20 630 140
1985 September4 to December 20 1 70 30
1986 320 l 80 20
1987 January to March 150 20
1985 September4 to December 120 10 870 230
1986 1,060 80 1,320 330
1987 January to March 400 20 150 70
1 Five or fewer.
2 Excluding wives whose application was decided under the 1983 rules (HC 169).
3 Including applications granted under appeal.
4 Including the period 26 August, when the new immigration rules were introduced, to 31 August.