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Volume 940: debated on Monday 28 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, further to his Written Answers to the hon. Member for Newham, North-West, Official Report, 15th November, column 169, how many staff are engaged in immigration control at ports, and after entry; and what increase in staff he estimates will be required if the number of overseas visitors increases from 10 million in 1976 to 12 million in 1977, as forecast by the British Tourist Authority.

The number of staff in the Immigration Service and in the Immigration Department engaged in various aspects of immigration control on 1st November 1977 was 2,653. Twenty-eight additional posts have been approved this year and further increases are being considered. The need for additional staff is kept under regular review but, for a number of reasons, an increase in traffic does not necessarily require a corresponding increase in staff.