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Vietnamese Illegal Immigrants to Hong Kong

EDM (Early Day Motion) 96: tabled on 28 November 1989

Tabled in the 1989-90 session.

This motion has been signed by 55 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

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.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Bellingham, Mr Henry
Conservative
Signed on 14 December 1989
North West Norfolk
Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 1989
Canterbury
Bright, Sir Graham
Conservative
Signed on 1 December 1989
Luton South
Browne, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 4 December 1989
Winchester
Bruce, Mr Ian
Conservative
Signed on 4 December 1989
South Dorset
Butler, Christopher
Conservative
Signed on 7 December 1989
Warrington South
Clark, Dr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 4 December 1989
Rochford
Colvin, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 1989
Romsey and Waterside
Forman, Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 7 December 1989
Carshalton and Wallington
Franks, Cecil
Conservative
Signed on 13 December 1989
Barrow and Furness
Gardiner, Sir George
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 1989
Reigate
Greenway, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 14 December 1989
Ryedale
Hicks, Sir Robert
Conservative
Signed on 4 December 1989
South East Cornwall
Howell, David
Conservative
Signed on 7 December 1989
Guildford
Johnson Smith, Sir Geoffrey
Conservative
Signed on 13 December 1989
Wealden
Lawrence, Sir Ivan
Conservative
Signed on 5 December 1989
Burton
Madel, Sir David
Conservative
Signed on 13 December 1989
South West Bedfordshire
Marland, Paul
Conservative
Signed on 6 December 1989
West Gloucestershire
Martin, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 7 December 1989
Portsmouth South
Miller, Sir Hal
Conservative
Signed on 5 December 1989
Bromsgrove
Miscampbell, Norman
Conservative
Signed on 7 December 1989
Blackpool North
Montgomery, Sir Fergus
Conservative
Signed on 7 December 1989
Altrincham and Sale
Morrison, Sir Charles
Conservative
Signed on 13 December 1989
Devizes
Moss, Mr Malcolm
Conservative
Signed on 14 December 1989
North East Cambridgeshire
Mudd, David
Conservative
Signed on 1 December 1989
Falmouth and Camborne
Norris, Steven
Conservative
Signed on 7 December 1989
Epping Forest
Pawsey, James
Conservative
Signed on 1 December 1989
Rugby and Kenilworth
Peacock, Mrs Elizabeth
Conservative
Signed on 29 November 1989
Batley and Spen
Powell, William
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 1989
Corby
Rowe, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 5 December 1989
Mid Kent
Shaw, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 1 December 1989
Dover
Sims, Sir Roger
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 1989
Chislehurst
Soames, Hon Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 7 December 1989
Crawley
Spicer, Sir James
Conservative
Signed on 6 December 1989
West Dorset
Summerson, Hugo
Conservative
Signed on 4 December 1989
Walthamstow
Taylor, Mr Ian
Conservative
Signed on 30 November 1989
Esher
Temple-Morris, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 1989
Leominster
Thompson, Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 1 December 1989
Norwich North
Thorne, Sir Neil
Conservative
Signed on 29 November 1989
Ilford South
Townend, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 29 November 1989
Bridlington
Townsend, Sir Cyril
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 1989
Bexleyheath
Tredinnick, David
Conservative
Signed on 1 December 1989
Bosworth
Ward, Sir John
Conservative
Signed on 15 December 1989
Poole
Wheeler, Sir John
Conservative
Signed on 5 December 1989
Westminster North
Whitney, Sir Ray
Conservative
Signed on 7 December 1989
Wycombe
Wilshire, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 1 December 1989
Spelthorne

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.