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The Work of the UK Border Agency

HC 587-I, Fourth Report of Session 2010-11 - Volume I: Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence

House of Commons - Home Affairs Committee
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'The Work of the UK Border Agency (HC 587-I)' details the Home Affairs Committee's concerns in relation to the work of the UK Border Agency.

The Committee highlights a number of areas where the UK Border Agency is not meeting the standards which both those using its services and the general public have the right to expect. Singled out is the continuing threat of delays and backlogs in processing asylum applications, which is attributed at least in part to inadequate decision-making in the first instance.

The Committee reiterates its predecessors’ recommendations about tightening up the registration and inspection of colleges in order to close down bogus institutions established chiefly to enable people to bypass the restrictions on work-related immigration to the UK.

It raises concerns that the programme to clear the historic backlog of 400–450,000 asylum cases will end in July 2011 with the Agency having been unable to discover what has happened to the claimants in up to one in seven (61,000) of the cases. The passage of time means that the UK Border Agency is unlikely to trace 70 of the 1013 Foreign National Prisoners whose release without deportation led to Mr. Charles Clarke’s resignation as Home Secretary in 2005.

There are concerns about the adequacy of the training and supervision of those involved in the enforced removal of unsuccessful asylum claimants. Finally, in the current economic situation, it is the Committee's belief that a significantly lower salary should be paid to the successor of the outgoing head of the Agency.

Extent 28 pages ISBN 9780215555861
Size A4 Price £8.50
Format Paperback Published 11 Jan 2011
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