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Volume 981: debated on Friday 28 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he anticipates that the computer will be in operation to control overstayings; and how the system will operate.

The existing manual arrangements for pairing landing and embarkation cards completed by passengers subject to immigration control will be replaced by a computer system from the end of July, with preliminary running commencing on 1 May.Landing and embarkation cards for the computer system will be numbered so that pairing can be by number rather than by name. The system should provide more accurate and timely information as to whether a passenger has overstayed so that police and Home Office manpower for follow-up inquiries can be used to the best effect.