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Passports: Borders

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of people who enter the UK without passing through passport or border controls each year. (288514)

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 including those who have failed to present themselves to an immigration officer on arrival or overstayed on their visa. By its very nature it is impossible to quantify accurately and that remains the case.