Information relating to Windrush Generation landing cards

FOI request reference: F0052342
Publication date: May 2018


Please provide the following records (in any form) relating to landing cards for inward migrants from c.1948 and “Empire Windrush” and the end of their use-thought to be c.1971 (from information elsewhere in the public domain). These cards appear to have been under either Home Office or Border Agency control-the latter from c.2009. It appears that they were destroyed in c.2010 while in the custody of the Border Agency
In particular please provide all disclosable records relating to:

1) The involvement of The National Archives on normal assessment of these landing cards as public records, under the relvant provisions of the legislation.

2) Whether this record series was assessed and reported on and by who and when? Please provide copies of any assessment reports, if alowable.

3) Any documentation generated or received by The National Archives relating to the destruction of these records with any government department or agency.


No information held


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.

We have taken all 3 of the above questions to refer to landing cards for inward migrants from c.1948 – 1971 as specified at the beginning of your request.

I can confirm that The National Archives does not hold information relevant to your request.

Advice and assistance

Under Section 3 of the Public Records Act it is the responsibility of government departments to appraise their records and select those worthy of permanent preservation to be transferred to The National Archives or an approved place of deposit.