§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will publish in the Official Report the details contained in his letter dated 7th March sent to the hon. Member for Newham, North-West giving particulars of passengers coming to Great Britain since 1970 under immigration control; how, in the light of the experience of Mr. Duke, he controls illegal entry and stops persons from entering Great Britain; whom he wishes to prevent from landing; and how he is able to trace their whereabouts.
§ Dr. Summerskill
The following are numbers of passengers given leave to enter the United Kingdom at sea and hoverports and at airports since 1970:
Year Number of passengers subject to immigration control admitted at United Kingdom sea and hover ports Number of passengers subject to immigration control admitted at United Kingdom airports 1970 … 2,102,476 3,925,433 1971 … 2,205,869 4,514,153 1972 … 2,281,226 4,867,771 1973 … 2,478,248 5,426,544 1974 … 2,731,892 5,252,312 1975 … 3,279,435 5,753,242
In addition to their general instructions, immigration officers have details of certain individuals and categories of passengers who should be refused leave to enter the United Kingdom. When it is decided that a person should be removed or his stay ended—in such a case the person concerned is not necessarily an illegal entrant—the Immigration Service and the police, as appropriate, are given all the available information to trace his whereabouts.