Ministerial role

Minister for Security and Immigration

Responsibilities

The minister is responsible for:

  • HM Passport Office, including the General Register Office
  • Border Force operations and policy (with IBPD)
    • e-Borders
    • operations (immigration and customs control at the border)
    • Border Force board and transformation
    • rail, maritime and aviation
    • operating mandates
    • European border issues (advanced passenger information and passenger name record)
    • border policing command
    • automation
  • immigration operations and policy (UK Visas and Immigration and Immigration Enforcement and IBPD)
    • managed migration, including the net migration target
    • nationality
    • asylum
    • enforcement
    • removals
    • operational systems
    • detention and pre-departure accommodation
    • special cases
    • exclusion orders
    • criminal casework (foreign national offenders)
    • refugee integration
    • appeals and litigation
    • visa policy (including border security assessment)
    • international operations and visas
    • strategy and intelligence
    • freedom of information requests
    • European migration and asylum issues
    • immigration transformation
    • relations with Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Migration Directorate
  • extradition, mutual legal assistance and judicial co-operation
  • parliamentary champion, small and medium-sized enterprises champion

The minister is responsible for:

  • international counter-terrorism
  • counter-terrorism operations
  • Pursue, including TPIMs and DWA policy
  • counter-terrorism policing, including section 26 authorisations
  • communications capabilities, including communications data
  • Protect, including critical national infrastructure
  • Olympic legacy and the 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • counter-terrorism science and technology, including chemical, biological, radioactive, nuclear and explosive
  • space security
  • maritime security
  • Guantanamo detainees and civil litigation
  • Prevent, including extremism task force and RICU
  • mass fatalities, civil contingencies, interoperability
  • aviation security
  • proscription
  • Prepare
  • political and domestic extremism
  • terrorist finance
  • Northern Ireland
  • special cases, including exclusions, deprivations, national security deportations

Current role holder: James Brokenshire MP

James Brokenshire was appointed Minister for Immigration and Security in February 2014. He has been the Conservative MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup since 2010.

Education

James was educated at Davenant Foundation Grammar School, Loughton, Cambridge Centre for Sixth Form Studies and the University of Exeter, where he studied law. Before entering Parliament he was a partner at a large international law firm where he advised a range of companies, businesses and financial institutions on company law, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions.

Career

James was MP for Hornchurch and Rainham from 2005 until the constituency was abolished in 2010. He has campaigned on issues such as crime, asylum and immigration and keeping healthcare facilities at his local hospital.

From 2006 to 2010 he was Shadow Minister for Home Affairs.

From May 2011 to February 2014 he was Minister for Security.

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    • 17 February 2015
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    • 11 February 2015
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  3. UK joins international security alert system

    • 10 February 2015
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    • 6 January 2015
    • News story
  5. Border Force warns against a counterfeit Christmas after detecting fake goods

    • 10 December 2014
    • News story
  6. ‘Right to Rent’ checks introduced for West Midlands landlords

    • 1 December 2014
    • News story
  7. Powers of Entry

    • 27 November 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  8. New powers to tackle sham marriage announced

    • 25 November 2014
    • News story
  9. Serco re-appointed to manage Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre

    • 24 November 2014
    • News story
  10. Immigration Act 2014: marriage and civil partnership

    • 24 November 2014
    • Statement to Parliament