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Home Office Statement: Immigration White Paper

The Labour Party proposed a sensible immigration measure called the Electronic Travel Authorisation scheme. This would have checked people coming in and leaving the UK. I was proud to be part of the frontbench team that suggested this sensible reform – as we didn’t know who was entering and more importantly leaving the UK.

Seven years later the Conservative Party has finally announced that it will be copying and implementing our idea. This is to be welcomed and I wanted to know from the minister how much this new scheme would cost the UK Government. I was concerned that the Home Secretary didn’t know this.