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Office Of The Immigration Services Commissioner

Volume 400: debated on Monday 3 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost of the Office of the Immigration Services Commission in 2002–03 to (a) the Home Office and (b) other public bodies; and how many (i) public bodies, (ii) private bodies and (iii) private individuals are (A) registered with and (B) registered exempt from registration with the OISC. [98811]

The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) is solely funded by Home Office grant-in-aid and was allocated £3,442,466 for 2002–03.As of 25 February 2003, the OISC had registered 206 immigration advisers acting for profit and exempted 992 acting not for profit. All those registered are private bodies, of which 32 are individuals. Of those exempted, eight are public bodies and the remainder are private bodies (for example charities and voluntary groups) of which six are individuals.