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Immigration: Eurostar Paris

Volume 691: debated on Tuesday 24 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In respect of United Kingdom immigration staff at the Eurostar terminal in Paris (a) what is the normal complement of immigration officers; (b) how many officers normally operate within the passport checking booths; (c) how many booths are provided for them; (d) what is the average and longest delay times to passengers caused by any lack of United Kingdom immigration staff; (e) whether there is any target delay time for passengers queuing for United Kingdom immigration checks; and (f) what action has been taken to request additional booths in which to deploy extra staff. [HL3164]

The information requested in (a), (b) and (c) cannot be disclosed as this could provide information of value to those seeking to circumvent immigration controls, thereby prejudicing the prevention and detection of immigration offences.

Internal performance targets on waiting times for non-EEA nationals are set at no more than 45 minutes 100 per cent of the time and no more than 30 minutes 90 per cent of the time. In Paris, passenger waiting times are within these limits. The number of booths open varies in accordance with passenger traffic levels.

The Border and Immigration Agency has signalled to Eurostar the desirability of additional control points in the event of the terminal being redeveloped.