§ Sir Ivan Lawrence
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what effect the European Economic Area agreement will have on immigration procedures.952W
§ Mr. Charles Wardle
As from 1 January 1994, when the Europen Economic Area agreement enters into force, nationals of Austia, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden will benefit from European Community rights of free movement and residence. Nationals of these countires will be treated in the same way as European Community nationals for immigration purposes. This means they may 953W work here and reside freely in accordance with Community law and they will be admitted to the United Kingdom on production of a valid passport or national identity card and may use the separate channel for EC/EEA nationals at major ports and airports.