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Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for the future functions of the UK’s border authorities; and if he will make a statement. (282655)

The Government have already taken steps to strengthen our borders and control migration, a significant part of which is integrating immigration and customs operations at ports and airports in a way that connects effectively to local and special branch policing.

The Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill contains provisions which will build a robust legal framework for the UK Border Agency and ensure officers have the powers they need to do their job effectively.