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Ports Administration System

Volume 202: debated on Thursday 23 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the purpose of the port administration system; and if the system is to be extended to ports of entry other than Heathrow, Gatwick and Dover east.

The purpose of the port administration system is to carry out many existing caseworking functions with greater accuracy and speed, to produce standard forms and to record and collate management and satistical information. A decision will be taken about extending the system to other ports after a post-implementation review of the existing system has been completed later this year.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the ports administration system has the capacity to interface with functionally similar computers in other European Community states.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the ports administration system has indexes of people claiming asylum or people who have tried to gain illegal entry to either (a) the United Kingdom and (b) other EC member states.

The system holds for each port at which it has been installed an index of people, including asylum claimants, who have been required to submit to further examination under the Immigration Act or in respect of whom a liability has been notified under the Immigration (Carriers' Liability) Act 1987. No index is held of people who have tried to gain entry to other EC member states.