HL Deb 09 July 1998 vol 591 cc148-9WA
Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will place a copy of the instructions to the Immigration Service and Home Office Staff on dealing with immigration cases on the Internet. [HL2495]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn)

I am pleased to announce that a copy of the disclosable version of four of the six volumes of the Immigration Directorates' Instructions (IDIs) is being placed on the Internet. The material is subject to periodic review and revision.

The Government are committed to ensuring that these instructions are as widely available as possible and arrangements are also in hand to place a paper-based copy of the IDIs at various selected sites around the United Kingdom. This will provide an alternative means of access for those without direct access to the Internet. I will arrange for a copy of the list containing details of the selected sites to be placed in the Library and on the Internet.