§ Mr. Sproat
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out the conditions which a political refugee who is not a holder of a United Kingdom passport must satisfy before being allowed to settle ; and if he will say how "political" is defined in this context.
§ Mr. Lane
The criteria for granting asylum, which are very strictly applied,48W are contained in the immigration rules and derive from Article 1 of the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees : namely, where a person would otherwise have to go to a country to which he is unwilling to go owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion. There is no definition of "political"; each case is determined in the light of all the relevant facts.