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Immigration Officers (Unofficial Guidance)

Volume 78: debated on Thursday 2 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he has taken to ensure that unofficial guidance circulars to immigration officers are withdrawn.

Guidance circulars issued locally in respect to types of passenger likely to arrive at particular ports are being reviewed. Where such guidance is necessary in future it will be issued from immigration service headquarters.

I thank the Minister for that reply. Will he give an assurance that when the guidelines are issued they will be made public so that everyone is aware of what guidelines exist and so that there is no doubt, ambiguity or false accusations?

My right hon. and learned Friend said in a speech recently that the question of publication of the instructions to immigration officers is under consideration.