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Maritime and Aviation Intelligence Team

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 19 March 2007, Official Report, column 706W, on customs: manpower, what assessment he has now made of the effect on (a) detection rates and (b) other measures in relation to illegal imports of persons and goods of the disbanding of the Maritime and Aviation Intelligence Team. (234200)

The former Paymaster General’s earlier answer still applies in respect of the re-organisation of the former Maritime and Aviation Intelligence Teams (MAIT). The intelligence activity is driven by national hubs of expertise together with target and selection teams, which link into operational teams, resulting in detection activity across the whole of the UK. In addition the Government have created the United Kingdom Border Agency, which is now responsible for all cross border matters including those that were formally the responsibility of MAIT; putting these dual responsibilities under one frontier facing Law Enforcement Agency. HM Revenue and Customs is working closely with the shadow UKBA in building its Border focused intelligence capability.