HC Deb 19 February 1990 vol 167 cc597-8W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide a summary of the compelling and compassionate circumstances in which visitors from abroad initially refused entry by immigration officials have been allowed to visit, since the implementation of the relevant change in the immigration rules.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

The information is not available in the form requested. Paragraph 10 of the guidelines on the handling of representations by Members of Parliament in immigration cases, which were sent to right hon. and hon. Members under cover of a letter from my right hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Sussex (Mr. Renton) on 14 December 1988 gives examples of the sort of exceptional and compelling circumstances which would justify deferment of removal. These examples are not exhaustive and each case is considered on its merits.

Mr. Michael Morris

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has to change the requirement for United Kingdom citizens resident in Hong Kong who marry other nationalities to be resident in the United Kingdom for three years before the spouse is granted permanent right of abode.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

We have no present plans for changes in the relevant law and practice other than those necessary to implement the announcement made by my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary on 20 December 1989 at column 363.