Skip to main content

UK Border Agency: Travel Requirements

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) emergency travel documents and (b) European Union letters the UK Border Agency (i) applied for and (ii) received in 2008. (267454)

It is not possible to provide an accurate figure for the number of Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) applied for and received by the UK Border Agency in 2008 without incurring disproportionate cost; this is due to discrepancies in the data currently held which would require the detailed examination of individual records to rectify.

Agreements have been reached with a number of countries who allow their nationals to be removed from the UK on European Union (EU) letters. There is not a requirement to apply for an EU letter as the UK Border Agency is granted authority from the host Government to issue these documents independently.

There is no central record of the numbers of EU letters issued by the UK Border Agency and as such this information could only be retrieved by the detailed examination of individual case records at disproportionate cost.