HC Deb 12 April 1989 vol 150 c544W
Mr. Leighton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis as to what have been the results of enlisting the assistance of managers of hotels used by homeless persons on establishing their residents' immigration status.

Mr. Renton

Under the Immigration (Hotel Records) Order, as amended, the keepers of hotels or similar establishments are required to keep a record of all persons aged 16 or over who stay at their premises. As part of their normal duties, the police may need to inspect these record 3 in order to establish the immigration status of any of the residents of such an establishment. We have no plans to seek any special report on the operation of these arrangements.

Mr. Evennett

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants were detected, other than at airports and seaports, in the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Renton

Information for 1988 on the numbers of illegal entrants detected and of persons dealt with under the deportation process is published in tables 13 and 14 of Home Office statistical bulletin 10/89 "Control of Immigration: Statistics—Fourth Quarter and Year 1988", a copy of which is in the Library. The great majority of persons dealt with under enforcement powers are identified after entry to the United Kingdom.

The information in these tables does not include persons refused entry to and removed from the United Kingdom at airports and seaports: information on such persons is published in table 1 of the annual volume "Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom".