asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many interpreters are employed by the immigration division to assist with the questioning by medical inspectors of non-patrials seeking entry clearance.
In addition to members of the immigration service, most of whom are proficient in at least one foreign language, nine interpreters are currently employed. They are available to assist with questioning on any aspect of control on entry work. Other interpreters are used where necessary, on an ad hoc basis.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were repatriated under section 90 of the Mental Health Act 1959 in each of the last three years; and to which countries were they repatriated.
The information is as follows:
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-patrials seeking entry clearance to the United Kingdom in each of the last three years were permitted entry but required to report to a medical officer of health;
Statistical information about the port health control is kept by the Department of Health and Social Security. In each of the last three years 373 (1977), 296 (1978) and 264 (1979 provisional) passengers subject to immigration control were given notice in writing by the immigration officer under paragraph 7 of schedule 2 to the Immigration Act 1971 requiring them to report their arrival to a specified medical officer of environmental health. In 1976, 1977 and 1978, 55,537, 45,514 and 43,844 passengers respectively were referred to port medical inspectors. Statistics for 1979 are not yet available. Information is not available about the number of passengers who were refused leave to enter and referred to a psychiatrist.