HL Deb 06 April 1978 vol 390 cc309-10WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

  1. (i) what was the expenditure on the Immigration Service Intelligence Unit 1976–77; what was the budgeted expenditure on the unit for 1977–78, and how many individuals are employed in the unit;
  2. (ii) what are the terms of reference of the Immigration Service Intelligence Unit.

The MINISTER of STATE, HOME OFFICE (Lord Harris of Greenwich)

The Immigration Service Intelligence Unit's staff costs for 1977-78 are estimated at £212,500. Thirty members of the Immigration Service and seven clerks are currently employed in the unit, compared with 29 and eight respectively in 1976-77. The unit's functions are to collate, evaluate, and disseminate information for the purpose of increasing the efficiency of the immigration control before, on and after entry; and to liaise with the police and other Government Departments in connection with evasion of the immigration control, including clandestine entry.