To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2019 to Question 218267, to which projects (a) the €42.5 million has been committed and (b) the remainder of that funding will be committed.
19 February 2019
The UK-France Migration Committee is comprised of policy experts and senior officials from both contracting states and is tasked with overseeing the implementation of the Sandhurst Treaty and ensuring a high level of cooperation on border security and migration issues. The membership is not fixed, attendees vary over time and correlate to the issues being discussed. The Committee is normally chaired by the Director General responsible for immigration policy of the hosting state.
The package of €50 million was committed by the UK to implement the terms of the Sandhurst Treaty. This funding package has been allocated to a variety of projects, including improvements to security infrastructure at the northern French ports, cooperation in facilitating returns, improving access to French domestic asylum procedures and ensuring that vulnerable migrants are provided with the support and care that they require. It is expected that the full €50 million will have been allocated to projects before the end of this financial year. More precise details of individual projects cannot be provided for reasons of security.
A copy of the Joint Action Plan agreed with the French Government is publicly available on gov.uk, at the following address: