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Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the objectives were of the Minister for Immigration's recent visit to Calais; and if he will make a statement. (285930)

The UK continues to face significant pressure from illegal migrants attempting to reach our shores from the Channel and North sea coast of France. This continuous pressure calls for determined, mutual effort to tackle illegal immigration by the UK and France.

At the UK-France summit in Evian on 6 July, the UK agreed to invest a further £15 million to strengthen United Kingdom border controls at Calais, and other juxtaposed controls in France. The French and British Governments declared a joint commitment to effect a significant increase in enforced return of illegal migrants through their national programmes and through joint returns activity as appropriate.

A copy of the Franco-British declaration on Immigration has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.