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Immigrants: Personal Records

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what data her Department collects from landing cards completed by migrants arriving in the UK; and if she will make a statement. (199714)

All passengers who are citizens of countries outside of the European Economic Area and who arrive in the United Kingdom from outside of the Common Travel Area are required to complete their name, date of birth, nationality, gender, address in the United Kingdom and signature on a landing card.

In cases where a passenger has been granted leave to enter, immigration officers will place any conditions of entry and an admission category on the landing card. In certain circumstances immigration officers will make notes on the reverse of the landing card about a passenger’s intentions and duration of stay and will record details of their travel document. In cases such as these, landing cards are copied and retained on microfiche.