UK border controls: seventeenth report of session 2010-12, report, together with formal minutes [and oral evidence]

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The Stationery Office, Jan 19, 2012 - Law - 77 pages
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Following the announcement that UK border controls had been relaxed without proper authorisation during the summer of 2011, the Home Affairs Committee held a number of evidence sessions to establish the facts of the case and determine what had led to such a situation occurring. The Committee concludes that lack of communication between the different arms of the UK Border Agency, and the Home Office of which it is part, has once again been responsible for a situation damaging to their reputation. Whilst the situation may or may not have been caused by the actions of an individual, a lack of supervision of senior staff at the UK Border Agency allowed the situation to continue. The risk-based trial of allowing relaxation of certain checks, although not yet fully evaluated, appears to have been a success. The Committee commends the effort to make a more targeted use of staff in this period of staff reductions. The Home Office Warnings Index Guidance 2007 - the principal counter-terrorism guidance - may be being used inappropriately. There should be a review of its use and clarifying guidelines should be issued to staff if necessary. The Committee also believes that the Home Office should make available to the Committee certain documents which have been given to the internal inquiries instigated by the Home Office. Denying the Committee sight of these documents runs counter to the Government's commitment to transparency and accountability.

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