Home Department written question – answered on 17th March 2005.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Shadow Secretary of State (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants were picked up each year by patrol boats in UK waters in each year since 1997.

Photo of Charles Clarke Charles Clarke Home Secretary

Although the UK Immigration Service mounts joint operations with other agencies on an intelligence led basis they do not routinely patrol UK waters.

The local port deals with any illegal immigrants detected in UK waters but statistics on these detections are not collated separately.

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