Headlines: July 15th, 1998

Public sector staff working in immigration have taken a lead on ensuring transparency to the public. Previously confidential instructions to immigration staff about how they handle their casework has now been made available to anyone, both on the internet, and in paper form.

Welcoming the initiative Immigration Minister Mike O’Brien said: “This is an important step in open Government. By disclosing internal information previously only available to civil servants we are opening up the playing field to all those with an interest in immigration practice and policy.

“For all those without the internet our paper copies at various sites around the UK will allow access, and the material is subject to periodic review and revision.

“We will also in due course release internal instructions on asylum, enforcement, European Economic Area and nationality casework.”

Internet users can find the Immigration Directorate Instructions at: www.homeoffice.gov.uk/ind/hpg.htm. Paper copies will be held at the Supreme Court Library at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, by the Refugee Council and others.