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Immigrants (Recommendations for Deportation)

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th April 1967.

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Photo of Mr Harold Gurden Mr Harold Gurden , Birmingham, Selly Oak 12:00 am, 27th April 1967

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he has received recommendations for deportation of immigrants for offences against the Rent Acts;

(2) if it is his policy to deport immigrants for offences connected with the Rent Acts.

Photo of Mr David Ennals Mr David Ennals , Dover

My right hon. Friend considers every recommendation for deportation on its merits, taking into account the circumstances of the offence and the offender. I have not been able to trace any recommendation in respect of an offence under the Rent Acts.

Photo of Mr Harold Gurden Mr Harold Gurden , Birmingham, Selly Oak

Is this not rather surprising, when it is proved that there is "Rachmanism" practised against English people—who have occupied a house for 12 years—by Pakistanis in order to obtain the house for their own countrymen?

Photo of Mr David Ennals Mr David Ennals , Dover

The hon. Gentleman cannot expect me to comment on any particular case, or a hypothetical case, but the matter reaches my right hon. Friend only if a court has pronounced a sentence and made a recommendation for deportation.

Photo of Mr Paul Rose Mr Paul Rose , Manchester, Blackley

In view of the misery caused by the original 1957 Rent Act, would my right hon. Friend perhaps consider deporting those responsible for it?