[holding answer 10 September 2007]: The activity of Airline Liaison Officers (ALOs) based overseas together with other border control initiatives, has resulted in a fall in Inadequately Documented Arrivals (IDAs) reaching the UK from 11,233 in 2004 to 6,915 in 2006. Over the last five years the ALO Network has assisted in preventing nearly 180,000 IDAs from boarding aircraft.
Under carriers liability legislation, air and sea carriers may be liable for a charge of £2,000 for each person they carry to the UK who is subject to immigration control and who fails to produce either a valid immigration document satisfactorily establishing his identity and nationality or a valid visa, if required. Carriers' liability is now an important complement to our immigration control. Over 60 other countries, including most of Europe, have carrier liability legislation.
Figures for forged and false travel documents detected at Heathrow and Gatwick airports for the past three years are as follows:
Number 2004 3,305 2005 2,164 2006 1,695
The information provided is based on locally collated management information and as such may be subject to change.
Data relating to the age of those presenting such documentation are not available.