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Immigrants (Forged Passports)

Volume 929: debated on Monday 4 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in view of the growing practice of immigrants obtaining false and forged passports to enter Great Britain, what further action he has taken to prevent such malpractices; on how many occasions he has been notified of cases in the past generally and by the hon. Member for Newham, North-West in particular; and what action he took on these notifications.

Both the Immigration Service and the police have established special intelligence units whose functions include the prevention and detection of attempts to enter the United Kingdom illegally with false or forged passports—including forged British visitors passports. Both services work closely with their counterparts in neighbouring countries in combating illegal entry.Any relevant information, whether general or about individual cases, which may come to the attention of hon. Members should be given to us, and will be actively followed up wherever that is possible. It would require disproportionate expenditure to compile from records of individual cases the information requested about notifications from hon. Members or others.