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Immigrants (Overstayers)

Volume 982: debated on Thursday 17 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will now introduce new measures to combat illegal overstaying.

The computer which is due to become operational this year will produce information more reliably and quickly than at present about cases in which overstaying may have occurred. Means of following up this and other information about suspected overstaying are being developed to the extent allowed by the available resources in the Home Office, the immigration service and the police. The new immigration rules pay full regard to the need to deal firmly with overstayers.