HC Deb 07 June 1988 vol 134 cc443-4W
Mr. Randall

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many operations have been mounted over the last year by his Department on colleges whose bona fides under the immigration rules were suspect; at which colleges and on which dates such operations took place; how many(a) staff and proprietors and (b) students at such colleges were detained in connection with suspected or alleged immigration offences; and how many were charged with such offences.

Mr. Renton

Two operations related to educational establishments have taken place during the last year. The first involved the London School of International Business and took place on 12 February 1988. The proprietor and one other person were arrested and subsequently charged with various offences. No students or alleged students were detained during the operation. The second involved the Advanced College of Business and Cultural Studies and took place on 4 May. Three persons, believed to be the proprietor and two members of staff, were arrested and subsequently released on police bail. No students or alleged students were detained on that day, but on 8 May 63 persons who claimed to be students at the college were arrested. Of these, three have been charged with various immigration offences. Of the remainder, 29 were found to be illegal entrants, 22 were issued with notices of intention to deport, one was found to be the subject of a deportation order, two were found to be offenders but not charged, two were found not to be offenders and four are the subject of further inquiries.