HC Deb 22 October 1986 vol 102 c905W
Mr. Janner

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what he estimates to be the cost of the training and placement of visa or immigration officers at Heathrow airport; and what is the minimum, the average and the maximum cost of the employment of a visa or immigration officer at Heathrow airport.

Mr. Waddington

The information readily available is as follows. On first appointment immigration officers undergo 10 weeks training comprising a six-weeks recruit course followed by four weeks desk training. Throughout this period they receive the basic salary in the range of £5,605-£10,188, plus allowances. The average cost per place of non-residential courses at the immigration service training unit at Harmondsworth is of the order of £200 a week. Interviewing passengers from a number of countries, including in particular the Indian subcontinent, also requires the service of interpreters.