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Vietnamese Illegal Immigrants To Hong Kong

EDM number 96 in 1989-90, proposed by William Powell on 28/11/1989.

That this House recognises that the problem of Vietnamese immigration has now become acute in Hong Kong, with a total population of Vietnamese immigrants close to 57,000, of whom over 38,000 are likely to fail to acquire refugee status; notes that the vast majority of these people have called on the Chinese coast during the course of their journeys to Hong Kong and that some have travelled most of the way by bus overland; endorses the Comprehensive Plan of Action adopted in June by the International Conference on Indo-Chinese Refugees in Geneva, including the principle that all those determined not to be refugees should return to their country of origin in accordance with international practices reflecting the responsibilities of states towards their own citizens; recognises that the process of screening in Hong Kong is thorough, fair and in accordance with internationally accepted criteria; notes that over 3,500 people have now been determined by the screening process not to be refugees; accepts a programme of voluntary return alone will not be sufficient to deal with the scale of the problem; notes that other Western countries, while prepared to take from Hong Kong for resettlement those who are genuine refugees, are not prepared to accept non-refugees; and calls upon the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to make arrangements to return to Vietnam all those who are not refugees, provided that the Vietnamese government undertakes not to subject them to punishment or discrimination and that their treatment on return to Vietnam is properly monitored.

This motion has been signed by a total of 41 MPs, 1 of these signatures have been withdrawn.

William Powell28/11/1989CorbyProposed
Roger Sims28/11/1989ChislehurstSigned
Julian Brazier28/11/1989CanterburySigned
Michael Colvin28/11/1989Romsey and WatersideSigned
George Gardiner28/11/1989ReigateSigned
David Atkinson28/11/1989Bournemouth EastSigned
Peter Temple-Morris28/11/1989LeominsterSigned
Elizabeth Peacock29/11/1989Batley & SpenSigned
John Townend29/11/1989BridlingtonSigned
Ian Taylor30/11/1989EsherSigned
David Shaw01/12/1989DoverSigned
David Wilshire01/12/1989SpelthorneSigned
David Tredinnick01/12/1989BosworthSigned
Patrick Thompson01/12/1989Norwich NorthSigned
Graham Bright01/12/1989Luton SouthSigned
James Pawsey01/12/1989Rugby & KenilworthSigned
Robert Hicks04/12/1989South East CornwallSigned
Ian Bruce04/12/1989South DorsetSigned
Michael Clark04/12/1989RochfordSigned
Robert Adley04/12/1989ChristchurchSigned
Andrew Rowe05/12/1989Kent MidSigned
John Wheeler05/12/1989Westminster NorthSigned
Ivan Lawrence05/12/1989BurtonSigned
Jacques Arnold05/12/1989GraveshamSigned
James Spicer06/12/1989West DorsetSigned
Paul Marland06/12/1989Gloucestershire WestSigned
Nigel Forman07/12/1989Carshalton & WallingtonSigned
Ray Whitney07/12/1989WycombeSigned
Steven Norris07/12/1989Epping ForestSigned
Fergus Montgomery07/12/1989Altrincham and SaleSigned
David Martin07/12/1989Portsmouth SouthSigned
David Howell07/12/1989GuildfordSigned
Nicholas Soames07/12/1989CrawleySigned
Geoffrey Johnson Smith13/12/1989WealdenSigned
David Madel13/12/1989South West BedfordshireSigned
Robert Banks13/12/1989HarrogateSigned
Malcolm Moss14/12/1989North East CambridgeshireSigned
John Greenway14/12/1989RyedaleSigned
Henry Bellingham14/12/1989North West NorfolkSigned
John Ward15/12/1989PooleSigned
Neil HamiltonUnknownWithdrawn

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