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Immigration Controls

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent proposals on improving existing collaborative arrangements between (a) forces at the UK border and (b) police forces and the UK Border Agency have been (i) made and (ii) agreed to; and what timetable has been established for implementation of the proposals agreed to. (273027)

The creation of the UK Border Agency allows us to establish a single and strong border force bringing together immigration and customs controls at our ports.

The role of the police and of other agencies in contributing to border security continues to be a high priority for us.

This year we will build on the high level Memorandum of Understanding between the UK Border Agency and the police published in 2008, in order to improve, strengthen and better coordinate border security arrangements. This will include increased opportunities for joint working including joint threat assessments and operations as well as secondments of UK Border Agency and police staff.

The National Coordinator (Protect), on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), is closely involved in the planning for the border and setting consistent practices across port-based staff in forces across England and Wales.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2009, Official Report, column 1187W, on immigration controls, when she expects the information on the resources required by the UK Border Agency to be finalised. (274170)

The resource required to deliver the points based system which has five tiers, four of which are currently in operation includes both internal and commercial costs. It is not possible to disaggregate the resources required to operate individual tiers. The commercial costs of implementing PBS costs as a whole will not be known until spring 2010.