04 SEP 2013

Border Controls at Dover

Today I asked the Immigration Minister - who recently visited Dover - whether the UKBF can prioritise lorry checking at the Port to ensure no illegal goods or people enter the country.

My constituents, many of whom work at the controls in Dover and Calais, think that the Government have had real success in stopping illegal entry into this country, after years when people could just basically wander in. However, my constituents do have concerns about smuggling and trafficking, so will the Minister seek to prioritise lorry checking at Dover and investment in smashing international supply chains for traffickers and smugglers?

Mark Harper:

I am grateful for my hon. Friend's comments. Again, I had the pleasure of visiting the port in hisconstituency and talking to officers, who raised some of the points that he has just raised with me about getting that balance right across Border Force between checking people and checking goods. We keep that under review, looking at the intelligence about the threats to the United Kingdom. We deal with that on a daily basis, and I hope that I can give him that reassurance.

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Charlie Elphicke

It has been an honour and privilege to serve as Member of Parliament for Dover & Deal. I hope to be re-elected to serve our community for another term. 

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