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Borders: Patrol Craft

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many patrol boats of each type (a) HM Revenue and Customs and (b) the UK Border Agency have operated in each of the last 10 years; and for what purpose. (288545)

HM Customs and Excise, HM Revenue and Customs and the UK Border Agency have operated five offshore patrol ships in the years stated.

These are interdiction vessels, conducting intelligence-led operations.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Royal Navy has taken on any (a) functions and (b) operations previously conducted by vessels of HM Revenue and Customs and the UK Border Agency. (288546)

HM Customs and Excise, HM Revenue and Customs and the UK Border Agency have all operated offshore patrols and operations with other organisations, including the Royal Navy.

The UK Border Agency’s maritime branch can call on the military for support and protection at a time of operational need. In the same way, maritime branch has supported the military during major operations and for boarding expertise.

No direct transfer of roles has taken place.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vessels were (a) intercepted and (b) boarded by crew from vessels of HM Revenue and Customs and the UK Border Agency in UK territorial waters in each of the last 10 years. (288548)

The combined number of interceptions and boardings of vessels made by HM Customs and Excise, HM Revenue and Customs, and the UK Border Agency in the last 10 years are as follows:

Financial year

Number of interceptions and boardings

1999-2000

514

2000-01

661

2001-02

716

2002-03

1,046

2003-04

1,170

2004-05

1,075

2005-06

1,240

2006-07

1,352

2007-08

1,472

2008-09

1,981

It is not possible to break these figures down further.

These figures are based on locally collated management information and as such are subject to change and do not form part of national published statistics.