HC Deb 28 July 1976 vol 916 cc242-3W
Mrs. Knight

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will increase the penalties for illegal immigration both for the illegal immigrant and those who arrange such immigration.

Dr. Summerskill

The maximum penalty for illegal entry on summary conviction is six months' imprisonment or a fine of up to £200, or both. Directions may be given for the removal of an illegal entrant, or he may be deported on the recommendation of a court.

The maximum penalty for those who organise illegal entry is seven years' imprisonment or an unlimited fine, or both.

It is the normal practice to remove people found to have entered illegally on or after 1st January 1973. We keep the penalties under review. We see no need for any increase at present.