To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what has been the total cost of administering visa control in the five countries which became subject to such visa control in October 1986; what is the estimated cost of administering such visa control over the coming year; how many entry control officers were in post on 1 October 1986 and 1 October 1987; how many entry control officers will be in post on 1 October 1988; and if he will make a statement.
The figures requested concerning present and future costs of administering visa control in the five countries are not immediately available. The figures will be communicated to the hon. Member as soon as they have been collated. The number of officers, excluding United Kingdom-based and locally engaged support staff, involved in entry clearance work is as follows: