§ 76. Mr. Kaufman
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department which sections of the Immigration Act have already come into force, and which are due to come into force within the next six months; and what effect they will have on Commonwealth citizens with more and with less than five years' residence in the United Kingdom, respectively, on Commonwealth citizens wishing to enter to take up employment, and on those wishing to enter as dependants and as visitors, respectively.
§ Mr. Lane
Section 25 of the Act in so far as it creates a new offence of assisting illegal entry, Section 28 in so far as420W it extends the time limit on summary proceedings for that offence and for certain offences of unauthorised entry, and Part IV are in force. The remainder of the Act will come into force on 1st January, 1973.
A Commonwealth citizen who is ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom on 1st January, 1973, will not be liable to be deported for breach of conditions or on conviction when he has completed five years ordinary residence, and will not be liable to be deported on conducive grounds at any time: but these exemptions from liability to deportion will not apply to Commonwealth citizens arriving in the United Kingdom on or after 1st January, 1973.
A Commonwealth citizen wishing to enter for employment will need a work permit which will be issued for a particular job with a particular employer and for an initial period not exceeding 12 months. The wife and children under 18 of a Commonwealth citizen admitted for a limited period will be admitted for the same period; and the wife and children under 18 of a person accepted for settlement will also be admitted for settlement, as may his elderly dependent parents and in certain circumstances other dependent relatives.
Visitors will normally be admitted for six months if they have sufficient means of support for the period of the visit and intend to leave at the end of the visit.
§ 77. Mr. Kaufman
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what differences of treatment there will be from 1st January regarding citizenship, employment, length and conditions of stay, and other relevant matters, between citizens of Common Market countries and, respectively, Commonwealth citizens resident in the United Kingdom for more and for less than five years, those wishing to enter to take up employment, and those wishing to enter as dependants and as visitors.
§ Mr. Evelyn King
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how 421W many representatives of organisations expressing views sympathetic to immigration have been received by Home Office Ministers in the last 12 months; and how many representatives of organisations expressing views opposed to immigration have been received by Ministers in the same period.