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Illegal Immigrants: Aviation

Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fines her Department issued to airlines for carrying illegal immigrants into the UK in the last 12 months; and which airlines were fined. (223331)

[holding answer 10 September 2008]: Under Section 40 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (as amended by the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002), air and sea carriers are liable to a fixed charge of £2,000 for each inadequately documented passenger brought to the UK.

Between 31 August 2007 and 1 September 2008 a total of 2,767 charges were imposed on 163 different carriers. I am unable to disclose details of individual carriers for reasons of commercial confidentiality.