§ Mr. Alton
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is numbers and percentages of Vietnamese boat people screened in Hong Kong have(a) served in the armed forces of the former Government of South Vietnam, (b) been involved in political organisations opposed to the present Vietnamese Government, (c) recorded participation in religious activities in Vietnam, (d) complained of deprivation of economic and social rights and (e) been prosecuted or disciplined by the present regime in Vietnam.
§ Mr. Maude
The information is not available in the form requested. However, the categories of people identified in this question are likely to have a strong case for refugee status. The composite screening-in rate (ie the combined total of those screened-in at the first instance and at appeal stages) is about 16 per cent.328W
§ Mr. Maude
Ninety-nine per cent. of those screened-out at the first stage have applied for review by the refugee status review board. Of the reviews completed so far, 8.5 per cent. have been successful and in 91.5 per cent. of cases the board has upheld the director of immigration's initial decision.