- Commonwealth Immigrants Act 1962
Commonwealth Immigrants Act, 1962
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Long title An Act to make temporary provision for controlling the immigration into the United Kingdom of Commonwealth citizens; to authorise the deportation from the United Kingdom of certain Commonwealth citizens convicted of offences and recommended by the court for deportation; to amend the qualifications required of Commonwealth citizens applying for citizenship under the British Nationality Act, 1948; to make corresponding provisions in respect of British protected persons and citizens of the Republic of Ireland; and for purposes connected with the matters aforesaid Statute book chapter 10 & 11 Eliz. 2 c. 21 Dates Royal Assent 18 April 1962 Status:
Before the Act was passed, citizens of British commonwealth countries had extensive rights to migrate to the UK. In response to a perceived heavy influx of immigrants, the Conservative Party government tightened the regulations, permitting only those with government-issued employment vouchers, limited in number, to settle. The leader of the opposition in the parliament at the time, Hugh Gaitskell, called the act "cruel and brutal anti-colour legislation".
These Acts resulted from widespread opposition to immigration in Britain from a variety of political groups, but most notably the Conservative Monday Club, whose Member of Parliament members were very active and vocal in their opposition to immigration.
- ^ Short title as conferred by s. 21 of the Act; the modern convention for the citation of short titles omits the comma after the word "Act".
United Kingdom legislation Pre-Parliamentary legislation Acts of Parliament by states preceding
the Kingdom of Great Britain
Acts of the Parliament of England to 1483 · 1485–1601 · 1603–1641 · Interregnum (1642–1660) · 1660–1699 · 1700–1706
Acts of the Parliament of Scotland
Acts of the Parliament of Ireland to 1700 · 1701–1800
Acts of Parliament of the
Kingdom of Great Britain
1707–1719 · 1720–1739 · 1740–1759 · 1760–1779 · 1780–1800
Acts of Parliament of the United Kingdom of
Great Britain and Ireland and the United
Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Church of England Measures Legislation of devolved institutions Secondary legislation This legislation article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.