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 costs||14,875||16,997||20,086||25,326||28,558||30,906|
|General administrative expenses||2,335||2,613||3,583||4,407||5,049||6,872|
|* Nationality fees, fees for documents of identity, payments by carriers etc.|
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:
|Deputy chief inspector||2||2||2||2||2|
|Assistant chief inspector||9||9||9||9||8|
|Chief immigration officer||190||195||201||210||209|
The estimated costs of the immigration appellate authorities and of the grant to the United Kingdom Immigrants Advisory Service are:
|Immigration appeal tribunals||607||666||789||1,103||1,217||1,474|
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.