HC Deb 23 April 1996 vol 276 c132W
16. Mr. Gerrard

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what representations he has received recently regarding the withdrawal of benefits from asylum seekers. [24684]

Mr. Roger Evans

We have received representations in various forms from hon. Members, members of the public, local authorities and voluntary organisations. Representations were also made to the Social Security Advisory Committee which were included in its report to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State.

Mr. Dafis

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security for what social security benefits persons who have a legal right to live in the United Kingdom, but do not hold a British passport, will be eligible under the new Asylum and Immigration Bill; and if he will make a statement. [25349]

Mr. Roger Evans

The Asylum and Immigration Bill provides that an immigrant will not be entitled to child benefit unless he satisfies prescribed conditions. Regulations will set out those conditions. An immigrant is defined as a person who requires leave under the Immigration Act 1971 to enter or remain in the United Kingdom. A non-British passport holder's eligibility for other social security benefits depends on his immigration status.