To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assistance the UK has provided to Frontex operations in each of the last five years.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
27 October 2014
The UK does not participate fully in Frontex by virtue of its decision not to join the external borders part of Schengen agreement. The Frontex Regulation was nevertheless drafted in such a way to require Frontex to facilitate operational cooperation between the UK and Member States on a case by case basis (Article 12(1) of the Frontex Regulation). The nature of Frontex lends itself to UK involvement on a case by case basis.
As a result there have been no occasions within the last five years when the Management Board of Frontex has refused an offer made by the UK to make its expertise and facilities available for Frontex activities.
Over the last five years, the UK has provided experts in air borders, returns and fraudulent documents as well as debriefers, interpreters, screeners and a heartbeat detector with operator.