HC Deb 20 November 2000 vol 357 c87W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the financial penalties imposed on carriers for carriage of third country nationals lacking necessary documents broken down by EU member state. [138086]

Mrs. Roche

Not all European Union member states currently impose financial penalties on carriers for the carriage of third country nationals who arrive without the required documents. Where member states do impose such provisions, the systems for imposing penalties and deciding the amount to be charged differ. The definitive position could only be obtained by direct reference to the authorities of each individual State—therefore I regret that the information requested could only be ascertained at disproportionate cost.

So far as the United Kingdom is concerned, the prescribed sum payable under the Immigration (Carriers' Liability) Act 1987 is £2,000.