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Overseas Visitors: Japan

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Japanese citizens visited the UK in (a) 2007 and (b) 2006. (245289)

The number of Japanese nationals given leave to enter the United Kingdom as visitors in 2006 and 2007 is given in the following table. The information shown is based on landing card information and may include the same individuals more than once if they visited the United Kingdom on multiple occasions in the period.

Statistics on passengers given leave to enter the United Kingdom by purpose of journey and nationality are published annually in table 2.3 of the Home Office publications “Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom” which are available in the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs08/hosb1008.pdf.

Table 2.3 gives details of other reasons that Japanese nationals entered the UK each year.

Japanese nationals given leave to enter the United Kingdom by purpose of journey, 2006 and 2007. United Kingdom

Number of journeys

Passengers admitted, by purpose of journey

20061

20072, 3

Total admitted

563,000

521,000

of which:

Visitors

339,000

318,000

of which:

Ordinary

238,000

217,000

Business

102,000

101,000

1 Due to some gaps in the data from ports, estimates have been used.

2 May understate due to some administrative records on non-EEA nationals being unavailable for statistical analysis.

3 Provisional.

Note:

Data rounded to three significant figures.