HL Deb 08 November 1999 vol 606 cc118-9WA
Lord Lester of Herne Hill

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether immigration officers have regard to the Roma ethnic origins of individuals seeking to enter the United Kingdom as visitors or students. [HL4573]

Lord Bassam of Brighton

The Immigration Rules require immigration officers to carry out their duties without regard to the race, colour or religion of those with whom they have dealings.

Anyone seeking entry as a visitor must satisfy the immigration officer that he or she is genuinely seeking leave to enter for a limited period, not exceeding six months, and intends to leave the United Kingdom at the end of this period. (Paragraph 40 of HC395 refers.)

Similarly, a prospective student must be able to produce evidence that he or she has been accepted for a course of study which satisfies the requirements of the Immigration Rules (paragraph 57 of HC395) and that he or she intends to leave the United Kingdom at the end of the studies.

If the requirements of either paragraph 40 or 57 are not met, leave to enter is to be refused.