HC Deb 25 June 1997 vol 296 c515W
Mr. Vaz

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will initiate a fast track system for those who have been refused admission under the primary purpose rule to apply for entry clearance. [4008]

Mr. Tony Lloyd

I have been asked to reply.

In cases where an application has been refused solely on primary purpose grounds and an appeal is pending the Home Office will remit the papers to the Entry Clearance Officer for issue of entry clearance, subject to there being no change of circumstances. Cases which were deferred at posts pending an announcement by the Home Secretary will now be reviewed and where primary purpose would have been the only ground for refusal, again subject to no change of circumstances, entry clearance will be issued. Where no application or appeal is pending, applicants may re-apply for entry clearance in the normal way.