Information about landing cards and records similar to BT 26 series

FOI request reference: F0052368
Publication date: May 2018

Request

We are deeply upset and concerned with the current government targeting of Commonwealth citizens who moved to Britain before 1973 and therefore have automatic right of residence in the UK. We read with concern an article in the Guardian on 17 April 2018 reporting that Landing card records were destroyed in 2010.

Are there records similar to BT 26 that exist for post-1960 travel?
What information in the Landing cards is duplicated elsewhere?
If any documents recording similar information to these Landing cards exists elsewhere and what is the extent of this duplication? if they exist, where are these records?

Outcome

Partially successful

Response

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000. The FOI Act gives you the right to know whether we hold the information you want and to have it communicated to you, subject to any exemptions that may apply.

I can confirm that The National Archives holds some information relevant to your request. We are pleased to be able to provide this information to you below.

• In our BT 26 series, we hold inward passenger lists for the HMT Empire Windrush covering the period 1947 to 1953. These are listed here on our catalogue Discovery:

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/results/r?_aq=%22Empire%20Windrush%22&_cr=bt%2026&_dss=range&_ro=any&_srt=1&_st=adv&_ps=60

All of these passenger lists are open and available to search and download from Ancestry.co.uk. at this link:

https://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1518

• The relevant passenger list for the famous journey in June 1948, from Jamaica to London, carrying West Indian immigrants is BT 26/1237/91:

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C9152210

• We do not hold records in the BT 26 series after December 1960, though it is possible that private shipping companies may hold their own copies of passenger lists. If you are interested in researching this, you may wish to use our Paid Search service or employ an independent researcher. Details are on our website:

www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/paid_research.htm

• We do not hold any duplicate landing cards.