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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 13th February 1997.

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Photo of Mr Tony Newton Mr Tony Newton , Braintree 3:31 pm, 13th February 1997

The hon. Gentleman knows that undoubtedly there have been abuses of asylum as a means of obtaining entry to this country, and that there is general agreement that it was necessary to take action on that front.

On the hon. Gentleman's actual question, I cannot promise a statement of the kind that he sought, but I can draw his attention to the fact that my right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary is due to answer questions this day week.