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Foreigners: Visits

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what she expects the cost will be to administer the proposed cash bond for families to pay when receiving a visitor from outside the EU; (176829)

(2) when she expects the proposed cash bond scheme for non-EU visitors to Britain to come into force;

(3) what she expects the change in the number of visitors from non-EU countries will be after the implementation of the proposed cash bond scheme.

The visitor consultation, published on 18 December 2007, provides an opportunity for ideas, comments and discussion on a number of options to ensure that our system for visitors is fit for the 21st century. The consultation period concludes on 10 March 2008.

We shall consider all responses before announcing what changes, if any, we intend to make to the Immigration Rules relating to visitors.