David Hanson – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Home Office

The below Parliamentary question was asked by David Hanson on 2016-01-18.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many suspensions of the Secure ID checks took place (a) in the UK, (b) at each port and (c) at each airport in each of the last five years.

James Brokenshire

In November 2011, the then Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration found that the then UKBA had carried out a number of suspensions of Warnings Index Checks without due ministerial authority. Since then, Border Force has operated to a Ministerially-approved mandate that requires it to undertake Warnings Index Checks against all passengers arriving into the UK on scheduled, commercial routes; and Secure ID Checks against passengers that require a visa to enter the UK. These checks have not been suspended at any port since November 2011.