HC Deb 04 April 2001 vol 366 c216W
Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what would be the cost of counting visitors into and out of the UK; and if he will make a statement. [155587]

Mrs. Roche

A precise figure is not available, but the cost of recording electronically the admissions and departures of all non-European Economic Area nationals is provisionally estimated to be around £20 million a year. This estimate includes the costs of reintroducing embarkation controls, which were discontinued in 1998.