HC Deb 22 July 1996 vol 282 cc47-8W
Mr. Henderson

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his Department's current policy on enforcing deportation decisions against genuine students who have been found to be working in breach of their conditions of entry; how many deportation decisions have been made on the grounds of working without permission in each quarter since January 1995; what is his definition of a genuine student; and if he will (a)list the colleges which he does not recognise as providing courses of study for overseas students acceptable under the immigration rules and (b)give the criteria he uses to decide on such colleges. [38068]

Mr. Kirkhope

Any overseas student who wishes to work during his free time or vacation may do so by obtaining permission from the Department for Education and Employment. Each case where a student is found to be working without such permission is considered on its individual merits. As required by the immigration rules, the case for deportation is considered in the light of all known relevant factors. Records are not kept in a form which would enable the number of students made subject to deportation decisions to be identified.

The immigration and nationality directorate collects information which comes to light about individual colleges, and account is taken of this by staff when dealing with applications from students. Staff are made aware of what information is available by means of internal notices which are part of staff instructions and are not published.