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Detention Of Jamaican Passengers At Gatwick

EDM number 310 in 1993-94, proposed by Graham Allen on 11/01/1994.

That this House deplores the decision of immigration officials at Gatwick Airport on 21st December to detain 190 out of the 326 passengers on charter flight YULE 966 from Kingston, Jamaica; notes that no justification has yet been made for why so many individuals should have been detained or why this particular flight should have been singled out for action on this scale; further notes the failure of immigration officials at Gatwick promptly to notify waiting relatives and friends as to the reason for the delay; condemns the decision to hold 57 passengers overnight, and in some cases for several days, at Campsfield detention centre in Oxfordshire; is concerned that some of the detainees claim to have been mistreated; notes that there is no evidence that any of the individuals detained were implicated in criminal or drug-related activities; notes that those removed and returned to Jamaica will encounter severe difficulties in ever returning as visitors to the United Kingdom; notes further that the abolition of appeal rights against visitors' refusals, in the Asylum and Immigration Appeals Act 1993, leaves those refused entry without any effective means of redress against an unfair decision; believes that this incident will severely damage the United Kingdom's reputation abroad as a country which welcomes visitors; believes further that this incident will damage race relations; notes that this incident is symptomatic of the discrimination and lack of accountability in the United Kingdom's immigration system; and urges the Home Secretary to institute a full public inquiry into this case.

This motion has been signed by a total of 60 MPs.

Graham Allen11/01/1994Nottingham NorthProposed
Max Madden11/01/1994Bradford WestSigned
Eric Clarke12/01/1994MidlothianSigned
Paddy Tipping12/01/1994SherwoodSigned
Hugh Bayley12/01/1994York, City ofSigned
Harry Barnes12/01/1994North East DerbyshireSigned
Tony Banks12/01/1994Newham North WestSigned
Win Griffiths12/01/1994BridgendSigned
John Evans12/01/1994St Helens NorthSigned
Jean Corston12/01/1994Bristol EastSigned
Michael Connarty12/01/1994Falkirk EastSigned
David Clelland12/01/1994Tyne BridgeSigned
Michael Clapham12/01/1994Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Malcolm Chisholm12/01/1994Edinburgh LeithSigned
Edward O'Hara12/01/1994Knowsley SouthSigned
Colin Pickthall12/01/1994West LancashireSigned
Robert Parry12/01/1994Liverpool, RiversideSigned
John Heppell12/01/1994Nottingham EastSigned
Robert Hughes12/01/1994Aberdeen NorthSigned
Glenda Jackson12/01/1994Hampstead & HighgateSigned
Lynne Jones12/01/1994Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Ken Livingstone12/01/1994Brent EastSigned
Ian McCartney12/01/1994MakerfieldSigned
Alan Meale12/01/1994MansfieldSigned
Bill Michie12/01/1994Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Keith Bradley12/01/1994Manchester, WithingtonSigned
John Cummings13/01/1994EasingtonSigned
Mike Hall13/01/1994Warrington SouthSigned
John Gunnell13/01/1994Leeds South and MorleySigned
Mike Gapes13/01/1994Ilford SouthSigned
Andrew Faulds13/01/1994Warley EastSigned
Bill Etherington13/01/1994Sunderland NorthSigned
Anne Campbell13/01/1994CambridgeSigned
Eric Illsley13/01/1994Barnsley CentralSigned
Dennis Skinner13/01/1994BolsoverSigned
Bridget Prentice13/01/1994Lewisham EastSigned
Alistair Darling13/01/1994Edinburgh CentralSigned
Russell Johnston14/01/1994Inverness, Nairn and LochaberSigned
Tom Cox17/01/1994TootingSigned
Tony Worthington17/01/1994Clydebank & MilngavieSigned
Audrey Wise17/01/1994PrestonSigned
Terry Davis17/01/1994Birmingham, Hodge HillSigned
Ian Davidson17/01/1994Glasgow, GovanSigned
Tessa Jowell17/01/1994DulwichSigned
Barbara Roche17/01/1994Hornsey & Wood GreenSigned
Greville Janner18/01/1994Leicester WestSigned
Keith Vaz18/01/1994Leicester EastSigned
John Garrett18/01/1994Norwich SouthSigned
Maria Fyfe18/01/1994Glasgow, MaryhillSigned
Jim Dowd18/01/1994Lewisham WestSigned
Liz Lynne18/01/1994RochdaleSigned
Keith Hill18/01/1994StreathamSigned
Alan Simpson19/01/1994Nottingham SouthSigned
Adam Ingram20/01/1994East KilbrideSigned
Elfyn Llwyd20/01/1994Meirionnydd Nant ConwySigned
Mildred Gordon20/01/1994Bow and PoplarSigned
Greg Pope25/01/1994HyndburnSigned
Paul Murphy25/01/1994TorfaenSigned
Denzil Davies02/02/1994LlanelliSigned
Roland Boyes03/02/1994Houghton and WashingtonSigned

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