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Question to the Immigration Minister about the UK Border Force
05/09/2013 13:44:00

 
 

Yesterday I asked Mark Harper, Immigration Minister, about the National Audit Office's report on the UK Border Force:

Gavin Barwell (Croydon Central, Conservative):

May I draw my hon. Friend’s attention to what the NAO had to say about the improvements that Border Force has made at Gatwick? Does he agree that that is illustrative of the wider picture, which is that there is absolutely no room for complacency and further improvements are needed, but today our border is more secure than it was under the last Government, when hundreds of thousands of people were allowed to come into this country illegally?

Mark Harper (Forest of Dean, Conservative):

I am pleased to agree with my hon. Friend’s sentiments. He might be interested to know that, as announced just today, our Border Force officers seized 8 kg of cocaine, with a street value of up to £800,000, at Gatwick airport. That demonstrates the sort of work that they carry out every day to keep the country secure, both from those who come here who should not be here and from harmful goods that people try to bring into the country.

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