Windrush disembarkation cards

FOI request reference: F0052336
Publication date: May 2018


Please could you supply a list of documents you hold on those who arrived on HMT Empire Windrush, including those covered by the 70 year rule or other means of secrecy.
It appears the Home Office have destroyed their records of the individuals arriving, which has been consequential for the immigration status of those settlers still living. I therefore hope you might have a duplicate of the boarding cards or some other records, unavailable in the public catalogues, which could assist those who need to evidence their immigration status.


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 your request for information about the destruction of the ‘Windrush disembarkation cards’ to mean landing cards from Caribbean migrants between 1948–71.

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.