§ 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. 
§ 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.