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Illegal Entrants

Volume 961: debated on Tuesday 23 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will consider the introduction of a system of formal or informal discovery of the documentary evidence held by the Home Office in respect of people who it is alleged are illegal entrants, with a view to accelerating the disposal of the cases of people detained in prison under his administrative powers.

I could not agree to make Home Office documents relating to individuals detained as illegal entrants available to them or their representatives; but it is already the practice to provide detainees and their representatives with information as to the grounds on which they are regarded as having entered the country illegally.