Entry Clearances: Palestinians

Home Department written question – answered on 22 March 2010.

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Photo of Michael Moore Michael Moore Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the UK Border Agency did not issue a visa in connection with Fairtrade Fortnight to (a) Lina Mahmoud, (b) Belal Eid and (c) Nahed Besharieh; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (the North West), Home Office, Minister of State (the North West), HM Treasury, Minister of State (the North West), Regional Affairs

The applications were refused as the entry clearance officer was not satisfied they met the requirements of the immigration rules. The reasons for refusal were set out in the refusal notices issued to the applicants. In light of further information received, the decision was made to issue visas. However, it has not been possible to contact the applicants to make arrangements.

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Sacred Christian Gillon Household The SCGH
Posted on 23 Mar 2010 9:29 pm (Report this annotation)

We would like to remind the honourable Michael Moore MP of the reasons given by the UK border agency as reported in the media.

The above mentioned individuals did not supply sufficient evidence for measurement of income to HM customs & excise and neither did they fully show proof of family ties they claim to be from.

In today’s new age of terrorism that could mean anything from (a) I have forgotten to keep tabs on my money and I can’t find my genetic parents to (b) I’m not telling you my vegetable oil sales through a popular scheme is being used to fund their terrorist organisation of Hamas to blow up buses with men, women and children in Israel.

I find it just as suspicious these people could not verify there family tree. If this was me at the bank I would be refused dealings. May I appalled the British Border Agency for their professionalism and sharp practice.