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Committee takes evidence on UK Border Agency and Border Force

18 September 2012

The Home Affairs Committee takes evidence on the UK Border Agency (UKBA) on Tuesday 18 September 2012.

As part of its ongoing scrutiny of the UK Border Agency and Border Force, the Home Affairs Committee will take evidence from Brian Moore, Chief Executive of the UK Border Force and Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency. The Committee will question Brian Moore on the reintroduction of risk-based border controls, the seizure of drugs at the border and the changes in the staffing levels of the UK Border Force.

The Committee will receive updates from Rob Whiteman on the issues of foreign national offenders and the Agency's backlog of outstanding cases (including the 'controlled archive') which, at the time of our last report, stood at 276,460. The committee will also question the Chief Executive on student immigration including the situation with the London Metropolitan University and the new interview scheme for student visa applicants.

Witnesses

Tuesday 18 September 2012 at 11am in Committee Room 8

At 11am 

  • Brian Moore, Chief Executive, UK Border Force

At 11.45am 

  • Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, UK Border Agency

Comment from the Chair 

Committee Chair Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP said:

"The recent issues with the border force including inadequate levels of training for employees have called into question the quality and efficiency of our border checks. UKBA's handling of the revocation of London Met's highly trusted sponsor status is a matter of interest to the Committee.
This evidence session will give us the opportunity to hear what the heads of UKBA and the Border Force are doing to address the concerns within their organisations.
It will also form part of our ongoing monitoring of the work of the UK Border Agency and Border Force, and we will be exploring some of the longer-term issues such as the return of foreign national offenders, and the 'controlled archive' of lost asylum and immigration applicants."

Further information

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