§ Mr. Darling
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many representations he has received from hon. Members in connection with individuals refused entry to the United Kingdom since 3 January; in how many cases he agreed to defer removal as a result of those representations; and in how many cases he refused to defer removal.
§ Mr. Renton
The revised guidelines on the handling of representations by hon. Members in immigration cases, introduced with effect from 3 January 1989, require that, before approaching the Minister to request deferment of removal of a passenger refused leave to enter the United Kingdom, an hon. Member should first contact the immigration service and invite them to consider deferment. There are no central records of the total number of such requests by hon. Members nor of the number of cases in which deferment has been or has not been granted.