To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will publish details of the joint approach that has been implemented under Article 8 of the Sandhurst Treaty 2018; and if he will place copies of the (a) minutes and (b) other relevant documents relating to that joint approach the Library.
12 February 2019
Under Article 7 of the Sandhurst Treaty, the UK committed to support French efforts to return those with no lawful basis of stay on French territo-ry, and to increasing the availability of interpreters. Payments to implement both of these projects have been made over the course of the 18/19 Finan-cial year, and we are forecasting to spend the full package allocated to this work.
Under Article 8, the UK has scaled-up existing source-country communication efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa to help reduce irregular migration. Payments to support this work have been made over the course of the 18/19 Financial year.
Additionally, the UK and France are working closely as part of the Collabo-ration Against Trafficking and Smuggling project, which aims to tackle irreg-ular migration and organised immigration crime through strengthened man-agement along the Niger/Nigeria border. A preliminary workshop (Lagos, October 2018) brought together representatives from the four programme partners (Nigeria, Niger, France and the UK), as well as a representative from the IOM, during which parties agreed upon potential areas of work to build cross-border collaboration which will inform the full design of the pro-gramme. Planning is underway for the second workshop to be held in Spring 2019.
The minutes of meetings relating to projects under Articles 7 and 8 are confidential and to disclose them would risk jeopardizing the trust of an important foreign ally.