HC Deb 15 December 1960 vol 632 cc72-3W
69 and 70. Mr. Gough

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what reason aliens resident in the United Kingdom are required to fill up Embarkation Card 1B29A (Aliens Order, 1953) in this country whenever they leave London Airport for temporary visits abroad;

(2) what procedure is adopted to check the information obtained on Embarkation Card 1B29A from outgoing aliens leaving London Airport; what is the number of personnel involved in this work; and what is the total annual cost.

Mr. R. A. Butler

The completion of embarkation cards, which is a requirement of the Aliens Order, and their association with the corresponding landing cards, are an important part of our system of aliens control. It would not be practicable to exempt resident aliens from the requirement. At the port of departure the card is checked by the immigration officer against the alien's passport or travel document. Dealing with embarkation cards is part of the duties of the staff employed at London Airport and in the Aliens Department, and it is not practicable to assess the cost.