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UK Border Agency: Boats

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the United Kingdom coastline is patrolled at least once a week by maritime craft from (a) the UK Border Agency and (b) other agencies engaged in border patrol. (227524)

UK Border Agency cutters are deployed on an intelligence-led basis to areas of highest risk. It is longstanding policy not to divulge details of operational deployments, as this could provide information of value to those seeking to circumvent relevant controls, thereby prejudicing the prevention of crime.

UKBA does not record details of operations carried out by other agencies involved in border patrols.