Law enforcement agencies questioned on response to English Channel crossings

26 February 2019

The Home Affairs Committee hears from senior leaders in the Police, the National Crime Agency and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on the operational response to the increase in attempted crossings across the English Channel since the last quarter of 2018.


Tuesday 26 February in Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

At 10.00am

  • Alan Pughsley QPM, Chief Constable of Kent Police
  • Steve Rodhouse, Director General of Operations, National Crime Agency
  • Julie-Anne Wood, Head of Maritime Operations, Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Purpose of the session

The Committee will also examine the progress of interdiction operations and other security measures to protect the border and the extent of the policing and security cooperation which underpins this.  The Committee will have the opportunity to ask about search and rescue efforts and the processes for dealing with people who are picked up both in the Channel and in the UK and the steps taken to combat illegal seaborne crossings.

The session is likely to cover:

  • Nature and scale of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel and how this has varied over time
  • UK and French Channel operations, including search and rescue, juxtaposed border controls and recent reinforcement of border patrols
  • Processes after people are intercepted or arrive in the UK
  • UK Government policy, including support for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and application of the Dublin Regulations; and
  • Nature and scale of organised crime and people smuggling

Further information

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