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Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people entered the UK with valid visas as visitors during the last 12 months; how many failed to return to their country of origin before the expiry of their permitted stay; and if he will make a statement. (78047)

From the latest published Control of Immigration statistics for 2004, there were around 1.65 million visitors to the United Kingdom whose nationality requires them to obtain a visa before travelling the UK. This figure relates to passenger journeys; a person who makes more than one journey in a given year is counted on each occasion. Following the removal of embarkation controls in 1996, it is not possible to comment on the number of persons who return to their country of origin before their leave to enter or remain as a visitor in the UK expires.