Entry Clearances: Israel

House of Lords written question – answered on 22nd January 2015.

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Photo of Lord Warner Lord Warner Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 6 January (HL3868), whether evidence that an individual persistently undertook, permitted or financed illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories triggers consideration as to whether that individual's conduct is not conducive to the public good.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

All foreign nationals seeking entry to the UK must satisfy either an entry clearance officer overseas, or an immigration officer at the port of arrival, that they fully meet the requirements of the Immigration Rules in the category of entry sought and that, by their own actions, they have not brought themselves within scope of the general grounds for refusal set out in Part 9 of the Immigration Rules.

The Government takes a range of measures to prevent foreign nationals from coming to, or remaining in, the UK where their presence is not conducive to the public good. An individual may be refused entry to the UK under the Immigration Rules and the Home Secretary also has the power to exclude foreign nationals from the UK. The power to exclude is broad but may include circumstances involving national security, unacceptable behaviour, extremism, international relations or foreign policy, and serious organised crime. These decisions are made according to the individual circumstances of each case taking into a consideration a range of factors.

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Andy Smith
Posted on 25 Jan 2015 4:01 pm (Report this annotation)

It is a bit rich for a Labour peer (whose former leader, Tony Bliar, regularly consorts with despots in both Africa and Arabia) to ask whether someone who financed home-building in places such as East Jerusalem should be deemed "not conducive to the public good". People in glass houses should not throw stones.

As for the current government, it was recently admitted by Desmond Swayne of DfID that the UK will spend £107 million of taxpayers' money on the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) http://bit.ly/1yYRXoi. This is depite at least three documented instances of Hamas rockets being found stock-piled in UNRWA schools. http://bit.ly/1lTi3Av

In addition a further £20 million of taxpayers' money will be spent on the reconstruction of Gaza http://bit.ly/1yYRXoi. One can only wonder how much of this extra £20 million will be used for building terror tunnels or buying weapons as DfID's controls over its funds have recently been highlighted by MPs as being woefully inadequate.

I for one believe that the bulk of the £127million has been/will be wasted as even what was not spent on rockets and other terrorist weapons was spent on antisemitic propaganda, in an attempt to indoctrinate children. Ask yourself whether schoolchildren should be running around in combat fatigues and carrying weapons while dreaming of killing Jews or achieving "martyrdom", using funds supplied by UK taxpayers? See http://bit.ly/1uMhC5j if you don't believe me.