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Immigration Controls: Uniforms

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which organisation designed the uniform for border security staff for the pilot programme; whether the same uniform will be used for the full roll-out of the programme; and what the cost was of commissioning the uniform design for (a) the pilot and (b) the full roll-out. (149770)

Alexandra plc. was selected to design the uniform worn by front-line border control staff during the pilot.

The cost of the uniforms pilot was £18,192.55 plus VAT. Following evaluation of the uniforms pilot, minor amendments were made to the design and the fabrics of the uniform to be rolled out.

The cost element of designing the new uniform was incorporated in the total cost of the uniform. The final costs for roll out of uniforms to border control front-line operational staff and the cost element of designing the new uniform cannot be finalised until the supplier has assessed and actioned the total number of orders.