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Aliens (Expired Work Permits)

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 8 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is satisfied with existing procedures for checking and ensuring that aliens entering the United Kingdom for specific periods leave the United Kingdom after their work or entry permits have expired.

We hope that the arrangements to replace the existing manual record-keeping of arrivals and departures by a computer system will provide more accurate and timely information as to whether a passenger has overstayed. Since the manpower which the police and officers of our Department can devote to following up records suggesting that a passenger may have overstayed is bound to be limited, it is important to concentrate effort where it will be most effective.