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Illegal Immigrants

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

17. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the number of illegal immigrants in the UK. (199740)

Since the phasing out of embarkation controls in 1994, no government has ever been able to produce an accurate figure for the number of people who are in the country illegally.

By Christmas, our Border Information Systems will count in and out the majority of foreign nationals.

This, together with the fingerprinting of all visa applicants and the issuing of ID cards to foreign nationals creates a far more effective set of controls.