United States (British Visitors)

- Monday, 10th January 2005

 

Mr. Lilley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of British citizens who have visited the USA (a) in the last 30 years, (b) in the last five years and (c) in the last year; and what estimate he has made of the proportion who obtained a visa for the visit. [206534]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 21 December 2004]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

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Letter from Karen Dunnell to Mr. Peter Lilley, dated 10 January 2005:

The National Statistician has been asked to answer your recent question asking Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of British citizens who have visited the USA (a) in the last 30 years, (b) in the last five years and (c) the last year; and what estimate he has made of the proportion who obtained a visa for the visit. I am replying in his absence.


From the International Passenger Survey we can measure the number of visits to the USA made by UK residents in each of the periods requested.


(a) 57,271,000


(b) 19,594,000


(c) 3,613,000


(figures provided to nearest thousand)


It should be noted that these represent the number of visits made by UK residents to the USA in each of the periods requested. As some people may make more than one visit, these figures are higher than the number of people who visited the USA. In addition, these are the number of visits to USA made by UK residents and that all UK residents are not necessarily British Citizens.


The International Passenger Survey does not collect information on whether a visa was granted for these visits or not. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have attempted to obtain this information from the American Embassy but at the time of writing this data is not available. If the information does become available at a later stage, it should be noted that it will not be directly comparable with the figures derived from the IPS as one visa could be used for more than one trip and the number of visits each visa is used for is unknown.

 

 

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