Passport Numbers

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th November 2001.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Lord Marlesford Lord Marlesford Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will start to keep a record of the passport numbers of all passengers entering the United Kingdom from overseas and, if not, why not.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Asylum and Immigration), Home Office, Minister (Home Office) (Asylum & Immigration)

While the Immigration Service does not currently retain the passport details of all arriving passengers, it is currently urgently exploring with other control agencies the use of technology to require airlines to retain the passport or identity card details of passengers before they board a flight to the United Kingdom.

The Immigration Service's computerised warnings index, which is used to check the personal details, including passport number of all arriving passengers subject to immigration control, already contains the details of large numbers of lost or stolen passports and identity cards. Additionally, the Immigration and Nationality Department retains full personal details, including passport numbers, of all arriving passengers who are given leave to enter for more than six months and all those who apply to remain in the United Kingdom.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes1 person thinks so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.