HC Deb 21 February 1978 vol 944 cc576-7W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether he will give, for the longest and most convenient period of time, the number of ferry boats landing at British ports of entry and the number of aliens and British passport holders admitted temporarily and permanently; and how many immigration officers were on duty to handle these entrants;

(2) whether he will list in the Official Report the various sea and airports where entry into Great Britain is permitted; what are the daily, weekly or monthly actual or estimated numbers entering for temporary and permanent reasons; and what is the number of immigration staff operating to check on such entries.

Dr. Summerskill

A count of the number of ferry boats arriving at United Kingdom ports is not kept for immigration purposes. In 1976, 3,832,870 passengers subject to immigration control were given leave to enter at United Kingdom sea and hoverports, and 6,821,806 at United Kingdom airports. The seaports, hoverports and airports specified as ports of entry for the purposes of the Immigration Act 1971 are listed in the Immigration (Ports of Entry) (Amendment) Order 1975 (S.I. 1975 No. 2221). On 31st December 1977 there were 1,144 immigration officers on the strength of the Immigration Service.