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Immigration Controls: Fishguard

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many suspected illegal immigrants have been stopped by (a) Immigration and Nationality Directorate officials and (b) the police at the ports of (i) Fishguard and (ii) Pembroke Dock since 2005. (125265)

[holding answer 5 March 2007]: Passenger ferries at Fishguard and Pembroke Dock arrive from Rosslaire in the Republic of Ireland which is part of the common travel area (CTA). The Immigration (Control of Entry through Ireland) Order 1972 sets out the laws under which foreign nationals are deemed to be given leave to enter when travelling within the CTA. There are police controls in place at Fishguard and Pembroke Dock.

The following table sets out the number of suspected illegal immigrants stopped by police at these ports.

Suspected illegal immigrants stopped by ports police officers

Fishguard port

Pembroke Dock port

2005

48

18

2006

42

21

2007 (January and February)

8

6

Total

98

45

Notes:

1. The figures shown relate to those individuals spoken to by police officers on suspicion of illegal immigration.

2. The data provided are based on locally collated management information which may be subject to change and are not representative of national statistics.