The Work of the UK Border Agency

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 11.15am
Wilson Room, Portcullis House

This is a one-off evidence session with the Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency. The session will focus on the establishment of the inspectorate and the Chief Inspector's initial assessment of UK Border Agency performance, including pilot inspections, visa decisions and the backlog of undecided asylum cases. It follows on from evidence taken in November and the Committee's report Monitoring the UK Border Agency (published 12 January 2009).

The Committee is taking evidence from:

At 11.15 am
John Vine CBE QPM, Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency

Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Committee, said:

" We have been very clear that the UK Border Agency needs to improve its performance dramatically, especially in key areas such as processing the backlog of undecided asylum cases and the quality of its decision-making on and notification of visa applications" .

"We therefore welcome the opportunity to question the Chief Inspector on his assessment of these problems now that his inspectorate is properly established, and to hear how he intends to take forward the work of the Independent Monitor".