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Immigration Officials

Volume 170: debated on Thursday 19 April 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the staffing levels of immigration service officials at (a) Heathrow airport (all terminals) and (b) Gatwick airport, in terms of total numbers of staff and by grade, at 1 June for each year from 1986 up to 1 June 1989.

The tables below set out the allocation of staff, by grade, at Heathrow and Gatwick airports on the dates requested. The figures relate primarily to permanent staff but also include seasonally employed officers who operate the embarkation control during the summer, thereby releasing permanent staff for the arrivals control.

Immigration service staff in post on 1 June


Assistant chief Inspector


Chief immigration officer

Immigration officer


Seasonal immigration officer


General service grades

Heathrow (all terminals)—by grade

1 June 1986314775187062·5
1 June 198731785


1 June 1988319855255454·5
1 June 198931688552·55359

Gatwick—by grade

1 June 19861422152·52111
1 June 19871419149810
1 June 19881629193513
1 June 198916352141813


1 The general service grades shown in the final column are given as one figure for ALL grades. This includes the following grades; higher executive officer, executive officer, administrative officer, administrative assistant, personal secretary, typist, messenger and interpreter.
2 The 1987 staff in post figures for immigration officers is unusually high because of the need to deal with the large backlog of casework which arose from the introduction of the various visa requirements in 1986 and 1987. It also reflects the fact that a number of staff were based at Heathrow prior to transfer to Gatwick when the new terminal opened there on 22 March 1988.
3 The number of seasonal immigration officers increases further in July and August.