HC Deb 02 December 1980 vol 995 c50W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were arrested as being illegal immigrants in each month since February; of each monthly figure how many were discovered as they went through Customs at one of the United Kingdom airports and ports; and what number were arrested, having been resident in the United Kingdom for more than one day.

Mr. Raison

The number of illegal entrants detected is published quarterly in the Home Office statistical bulletin—Control of Immigration Statistics, copies of which are placed in the Library of the House. The figures for the first two quarters of this year were 486 and 414 respectively. The information requested in the second and third parts of the question is not available, but people attempting to enter illegally by means of falsified or forged travel documents or by deception and who are detected at the immigration control are refused entry and are not treated as illegal entrants.