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Immigration Service (Manpower)

Volume 23: debated on Monday 10 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons have been employed, whole time or part time, by the immigration service in each of the past five years and at what grades; how many other persons are employed, wholly or mainly, on work connected with immigration in the United Kingdom and abroad; what is the current cost of, and where appropriate what was the cost in each of the last five years of (a) the immigration service, (b) the immigration service intelligence unit, (c) the staffing and maintenance of Harmondsworth detention centre, (d) the immigration appeals system, (e) the employment of outside agencies on immigration work and (f) the operation of the entry

Home Office staff costs14,87516,99720,08625,32628,55830,906
General administrative expenses2,3352,6133,5834,4075,0496,872
* Nationality fees, fees for documents of identity, payments by carriers etc.
These figures are based on the outturn up to 1980–81, estimated outturn for 1981–82 and the estimate for 1982–83. They do not include accommodation costs which are provided as an allied service, computer costs or

clearance system in the Indian Sub-continent; and what is the current cost of and what was the cost in each of the last five years of controlling immigration to the United Kingdom.

The numbers and grades of staff employed in the immigration service on 1 April in each of the last five years are as follows:

1 April
Chief inspector11111
Deputy chief inspector22222
Assistant chief inspector99998
Chief immigration officer190195201210209
Immigration officer1,1401,1811,2211,2511,238
Personal secretary33343
Casual staff are also employed in the summer months primarily to assist with the embarkation control.In addition, 1,093½ staff are currently employed in the Immigration and Nationality Department, and 93 United Kingdom-based staff are employed in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on immigration work. This excludes the 224½ staff currently imployed in the Nationality Division of the Home Office and staff locally engaged by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. '[he immigration appellate authorities consist of the tribunal, the adjudicators and supporting staff. The tribunal comprises three full-time and 26 part-time members. There are 15 full-time and 62 part-time adjudicators and 78 full-time and 16 part-time members of staff.Costs for particular elements of the immigration control are not held centrally and could not be identified without disproportionate expense. The following table, however shows estimated staff costs, general administrative expenses and receipts for the Immigration and Nationality Department (including the Nationality Division) and the Immigration Service for 1977–78 to 1982–83.expenditure incurred by, for example, police forces, the courts and the prison service in connection with the enforcement of the Immigration Act 1971.

The estimated costs of the immigration appellate authorities and of the grant to the United Kingdom Immigrants Advisory Service are:








Immigration appeal tribunals6076667891,1031,2171,474

Equivalent figures for the cost of the entry clearance work in the Indian subcontinent are not available, but I understand that some 47 United Kingdom based and 87 locally engaged staff are currently employed at an estimated annual salary cost of about £700,000.