§ Mr. Janner
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what he estimates will be the maximum and the average cost of sending a visa or immigration officer to India as a result of the Government's new visa requirements; how many such officers he expects to send to India; and what will be the total cost of the training and sending of such officers to India.
§ Mr. Eggar
The maximum cost of posting an entry clearance officer to India is £126,000 per year based on 1986–87 prices. (This relates to Bombay where costs are highest.) The average cost is £121,800. Twelve additional entry clearance officers are being sent to India at a total 917W cost of £1.46 million at 1986–87 prices. Initially there will be no additional training costs because experienced immigration officers are being sent to posts.
§ Mr. Knowles
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how the costs of the new visa regimes will be met.