HC Deb 13 March 1996 vol 273 cc634-5W
Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has(a) to review immigration rules and (b) to ensure that tabled amendments are moved to the Immigration and Asylum Bill to meet the criticisms made by Mr. Justice Judge; and if he will make a statement. [19806]

Miss Widdecombe

[holding answer 12 March 1996]: I assume that the hon. Member is referring to recent observations made by Mr. Justice Judge when dismissing an application for judicial review of decisions made under the British Nationality Act 1981. We will consider the observations when the transcript is available. Nationality matters fall outside the scope of the immigration rules and of the Bill.

Mr. Congdon

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department has issued in respect of the consideration by his officials of cases of persons who are liable to be removed as illegal entrants or deported but who have married a person settled in the United Kingdom. [21110]

Mr. Howard

New guidance has been issued setting out the factors to be considered in cases involving the removal or deportation of people married to a person settled here. The guidance, a copy of which has been placed in the Library, will take immediate effect.