(2) what estimate he has made of the average cost to each applicant of undertaking the pre-entry screening programme for tuberculosis;
(3) whether he plans to extend the pre-screening programme for tuberculosis to migrants from more countries;
(4) what evaluation of the effectiveness of his Department’s pre-entry screening programme for tuberculosis has been undertaken.
The pre-entry TB screening pilot programme administered on behalf of the UK Border Agency by the International Organisation for Migration covers 15 countries, and complements the system of on-entry checks by port medical inspectors at major UK ports. The Home Office, with a contribution from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, met the start-up costs of $1,803,580 US. The scheme is now self-financing, applicants paying a fee of between $50 and $77 US (up to £50). The Department of Health and Health Protection Agency have undertaken preliminary assessments, and a final evaluation is now under way. Following this review decisions will be taken on the future of the programme.