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Immigration And Entry Staff

Volume 934: debated on Tuesday 28 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what were the total staff dealing with entrants to the United Kingdom through the ports of Dover East and Dover West in 1976 and 1977, respectively; whether the general facilities have increased by 46 per cent. in 1977 in line with the number of entrants; and whether he will increase the staff forthwith;(2) in view of the 25 per cent. increase in people entering the United Kingdom at ports other than Dover East and Dover West, to what extent there has been an increase in the staff at these entry ports; and whether he will take action to increase the staff by 25 per cent. forthwith.

The number of immigration staff in post, including seasonal staff, at Dover East and Dover West on 1st June 1977 was 208, compared with 207 on 1st June 1976. Corresponding figures for other ports were 1,185 and 1,156 respectively. A review is currently being undertaken of the staffing needs of the Immigration Service which will take account not only of the amount and nature of the increase in traffic but also of the current need for economy in the use of Civil Service manpower.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department which of his staff deal with checks on those persons entering Great Britain to see that they leave eventually in accordance with their terms of temporary residence; and, in view of the fact that in the first quarter of 1977 the number of entrants totalled almost 2 million, what action has been taken to increase the staff dealing with these entrants to ensure that they do not remain in Great Britain as illegal immigrants.

The Immigration and Nationality Department of the Home Office as a whole is responsible, as one of its primary tasks, for the effective control after entry of those who enter this country lawfully and are subject to conditions on their stay. Staffing levels in parts of the Department are currently being reviewed.