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Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd March 1972.

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Photo of Mr Joe Ashton Mr Joe Ashton , Bassetlaw 12:00 am, 23rd March 1972

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimates or investigations he has made of the effect on the prevention of crime of easier international travel, following Great Britain's entry into the Common Market.

Photo of Mr Richard Sharples Mr Richard Sharples , Sutton and Cheam

I do not expect there to be any significant effect.

Photo of Mr Joe Ashton Mr Joe Ashton , Bassetlaw

Would the Minister of State tell us why?

Photo of Mr Richard Sharples Mr Richard Sharples , Sutton and Cheam

Because normal immigration controls would operate and it would be possible to keep undesirable people out in the same way as now.