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Immigration (Hotel Records)

Volume 958: debated on Thursday 16 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what is the justification for maintaining the Immigration (Hotel Records) Order 1972/1689; and whether in the interests of paper conservation he will withdraw it;(2) why people born in the United Kingdom are obliged to sign hotel registers and yet people covered by the Diplo- matic Privileges Act 1964 need not do so;(3) why a person, pursuant to the Immigration (Hotel Records) Order 1972/1689, must give his name and nationality, but not his address; and why a person being a British subject is obliged to give his full name though not necessarily his correct one.

The Immigration (Hotel Records) Order 1972 is part of the control exercised under the Immigration Act 1971. It serves a useful purpose and I have no proposals to change it. It is designed to cause the minimum inconvenience to those affected by it and hence it imposes different requirements for aliens and for other people. Persons to whom the Diplomatic Privileges Act 1964 applies are not exempt from hotel register requirements but enjoy a general immunity from the criminal jurisdiction.