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Illegal Immigrants

Home Department written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicles screened by port operators or authorities in other EU member states were later found in the UK to have been used to transport illegal immigrants into the UK in each year for which figures are available.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

In conjunction with the Port Authority, Calais Chamber of Commerce, (CCC) and our contractors the UK Border Agency checks UK bound vehicles by means of a multi-layered regime, utilising a combination of detection technologies in order to screen 100% of vehicles for the presence of clandestines.

The Calais Chamber of Commerce supply statistical information to the UK Border Agency on the number of vehicles searched, however all of the information is supplied and owned by them and is commercial in confidence.

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