Major Incident in Essex Debate

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Department: Home Office

Major Incident in Essex

David Hanson Excerpts
Monday 28th October 2019

(9 months, 1 week ago)

Commons Chamber
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Priti Patel Portrait Priti Patel - Parliament Live - Hansard
28 Oct 2019, 4:12 p.m.

I thank my hon. Friend for his comments and, being a neighbouring Member of Parliament, I do know Harwich. He is right to point out that all port operators and border staff around the country will be looking at what has happened over the last week with shared horror. They will be taking the right action in their own day-to-day work on risk-based checks, but at this stage I want to give the House the assurance that we are giving Border Force all the support it needs and we are working collaboratively with port operators. I also thank my hon. Friend for his work with Essex police when he has raised concerns in respect of the port of Harwich and on how to deal with those issues.

David Hanson (Delyn) (Lab) Parliament Live - Hansard
28 Oct 2019, 4:12 p.m.

The Home Secretary will know that three years ago the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration produced a report on the east coast ports that raised a number of concerns about their operation. Will she agree to look again at the recommendations of the Border Force inspector to see whether she can update the House on the implementation of those recommendations?

Priti Patel Portrait Priti Patel - Parliament Live - Hansard
28 Oct 2019, 4:12 p.m.

I have gone through that report and seen the recommendations. I am currently reviewing aspects of them, but in particular how we can make them more relevant, because that was a report from 2016—although the findings were published in 2017—and things have clearly moved on since then. But of course there is another factor here: the extent of the organised international criminality, as well as many of the port security features that were raised in that report that also need to be looked at.