24 October 2014

Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date exit checks at the UK border will be used to identify migrants who have overstayed their leave to remain.

James Brokenshire (Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration); Old Bexley and Sidcup, Conservative)

The Government is committed to introducing exit checks by April 2015. Under the last Government, exit checks were suspended and nothing was done to identify illegal overstayers.

We are currently developing and testing a new Departure Lists system which will enable us to confirm departure and improve our ability to identify those who have overstayed having arrived after 1st April 2015 .