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Volume 961: debated on Wednesday 24 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information is required from travellers (a) who are citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies, and (b) who are citizens of some other country when they register at an hotel in the United Kingdom; under what statutory authority this information is required; what use is made of the information; and to whom it is made available.

The Immigration (Hotel Records) Order 1972 requires a person aged 16 or over who stays at an hotel to inform the keeper of his full name and nationality. An alien is required to give in addition the number and place of issue of his passport or other document establishing his identity, and on his departure his next destination and, if it is know, his full address there.The purpose is to enable information to be obtained about the addresses of aliens, who may be required to notify the police of changes of address. The records kept under the order are open to inspection by a constable or a person authorised by me.