Travel Restrictions:Written question - 39971

Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 08 June 2016
Home Office
Travel Restrictions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were prevented from travelling to the UK by the authority to carry scheme in each month of its operation.
A
Answered by: James Brokenshire
Answered on: 12 July 2016

The Authority to Carry Scheme 2015, made under sections 22 and 23 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, entered into force on 31 March 2015. Our records indicate that for each full month of its operation to date the number of individuals in respect of whom a carrier was refused authority to carry to the UK has been as follows:

Month/Year

Number of individuals in respect of whom a carrier was refused authority to carry to the UK

April/15

67

May/15

56

June/15

77

July/15

77

August/15

80

September/15

90

October/15

106

November/15

92

December/15

89

January/16

69

February/16

61

March/16

79

April/16

82

May/16

107

Total: 1,132

This is provisional management information that is subject to change. It has not been assured to the standard of Official Statistics.

Individuals liable to be subject of a refusal of authority to carry include those who have been excluded from the UK, who have been deported from the UK and those who are using an invalid travel document such as a lost, stolen or cancelled passport.

The details of the Scheme are published at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/authority-to-carry-scheme-2015

The operation of the Scheme is just one part of the Government’s multi-layered approach to border security.

This includes the Home Secretary’s power to excluded individuals whose presence in the UK she considers is not conducive to the public good or is justified on public security grounds; a visa regime where applicants are subject to checks before a visa is issued and applications may be refused; guidance to airlines to help them decide who is incorrectly documented and should not travel to the UK and checks on all passengers arriving at the border on scheduled services which can result in refusal of entry to the UK.

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