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Question for Home Office

UIN HL7683, tabled on 9 May 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding in the report by the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, A re-inspection of Border Force's identification and treatment of Potential Victims of Modern Slavery published on 28 March, that one Roving Officer does not provide effective safeguarding when there are high levels of passengers.

Answered on

23 May 2018

The Government response to the report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, A re-inspection of Border Force’s identification and treatment of potential Victims of Modern Slavery, was published on 28th March 2018. Roving Officers are one of the tools used for safeguarding purposes at ports, alongside monitoring officers, behavioural detection training and the targeted use of intelligence.

Whilst, under current Border Force policy instructions, only one Roving Officer is required for terminals with six to 10 e-Passport gates, additional Roving Officers will be deployed based on considerations such as threat level, risk assessment of flights and the number of arrivals. Border Force has committed to review Roving Officer policy this summer. This review will consider the sufficiency of these safeguarding arrangements.

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