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Part 6Immigration Procedure

Provision of information by traveller

126Physical data: compulsory provision

(1)The Secretary of State may by regulations—

(a)require an immigration application to be accompanied by specified information about external physical characteristics of the applicant;

(b)enable an authorised person to require an individual who makes an immigration application to provide information about his external physical characteristics;

(c)enable an authorised person to require an entrant to provide information about his external physical characteristics.

(2)In subsection (1) “immigration application” means an application for—

(a)entry clearance,

(b)leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom, or

(c)variation of leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom.

(3)Regulations under subsection (1) may not—

(a)impose a requirement in respect of a person to whom section 141 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (c. 33) (fingerprinting) applies, during the relevant period within the meaning of that section, or

(b)enable a requirement to be imposed in respect of a person to whom that section applies, during the relevant period within the meaning of that section.

(4)Regulations under subsection (1) may, in particular—

(a)require, or enable an authorised person to require, the provision of information in a specified form;

(b)require an individual to submit, or enable an authorised person to require an individual to submit, to a specified process by means of which information is obtained or recorded;

(c)make provision about the effect of failure to provide information or to submit to a process (which may, in particular, include provision for an application to be disregarded or dismissed if a requirement is not satisfied);

(d)confer a function (which may include the exercise of a discretion) on an authorised person;

(e)require an authorised person to have regard to a code (with or without modification);

(f)require an authorised person to have regard to such provisions of a code (with or without modification) as may be specified by direction of the Secretary of State;

(g)make provision about the use and retention of information provided (which may include provision permitting the use of information for specified purposes which do not relate to immigration);

(h)make provision which applies generally or only in specified cases or circumstances;

(i)make different provision for different cases or circumstances.

(5)Regulations under subsection (1) must—

(a)include provision about the destruction of information obtained or recorded by virtue of the regulations,

(b)require the destruction of information at the end of the period of ten years beginning with the day on which it is obtained or recorded in a case for which destruction at the end of another period is not required by or in accordance with the regulations, and

(c)include provision similar to section 143(2) and (10) to (13) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (c. 33) (fingerprints: destruction of copies and electronic data).

(6)In so far as regulations under subsection (1) require an individual under the age of 16 to submit to a process, the regulations must make provision similar to section 141(3) to (5) and (13) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (fingerprints: children).

(7)In so far as regulations under subsection (1) enable an authorised person to require an individual under the age of 16 to submit to a process, the regulations must make provision similar to section 141(3) to (5), (12) and (13) of that Act (fingerprints: children).

(8)Regulations under subsection (1)—

(a)must be made by statutory instrument, and

(b)shall not be made unless a draft of the regulations has been laid before and approved by resolution of each House of Parliament.

(9)In this section—

127Physical data: voluntary provision

(1)The Secretary of State may operate a scheme under which an individual may supply, or submit to the obtaining or recording of, information about his external physical characteristics to be used (wholly or partly) in connection with entry to the United Kingdom.

(2)In particular, the Secretary of State may—

(a)require an authorised person to use information supplied under a scheme;

(b)make provision about the collection, use and retention of information supplied under a scheme (which may include provision requiring an authorised person to have regard to a code);

(c)charge for participation in a scheme.

(3)In this section the following expressions have the same meaning as in section 126—

(a)“authorised person”,

(b)“code”, and

(c)“external physical characteristics”.

128Data collection under Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

(1)The following shall be added at the end of section 144 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (c. 33) (collection of data about external physical characteristics) (which becomes subsection (1))—

(2)In subsection (1) “external physical characteristics” includes, in particular, features of the iris or any other part of the eye.

(2)The following shall be inserted after section 145(2) of that Act (codes of practice)—

(2A)A person exercising a power under regulations made by virtue of section 144 must have regard to such provisions of a code as may be specified.