HC Deb 23 July 1986 vol 102 cc233-4W
Mr. Dubs

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the nature of the operation on 20 June at the Intercontinental hotel, Hyde Park Corner, London W1; how many police officers and immigration officers were involved and of what ranks; how many people and of what nationalities were (a) interviewed and (b) detained in the operation; for how long and where; and with regard to what suspected or alleged breaches of immigration control these people were interviewed or charged.

Mr. Waddington

This was a major joint operation specifically planned to investigate suspected offences under the immigration laws. The numbers and ranks of police and immigration officers who visited the hotel were:


  • 1 Chief Superintendent
  • 1 Sergeant
  • 13 Constables

Immigration Service

  • 1 Deputy Chief Inspector
  • 1 Inspector
  • 1 Chief Immigration Officer
  • 7 Immigration Officers

A total of 27 people were interviewed (12 Ghanaians, 9 Nigerians, 2 Ugandans, 1 Sri Lankan, 1 Bangladeshi, 1 French and 1 British). Seventeen people were arrested and taken to Vine street police station with the following results: Seven were judged to be illegal entrants (3 Ghanaians and 4 Nigerians); convicted of criminal offences is contained in the annual reports of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary and of the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.