Written statement to Parliament

Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration: changes to publication process of reports

This written ministerial statement was laid in the House of Commons by Theresa May and in the House of Lords by Lord Taylor of Holbeach.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Theresa May):

I would like to inform the House that changes have been made to the arrangements for publishing reports of the Independent Chief Inspector for Borders and Immigration. The reports prepared by the Chief Inspector will from today be laid before Parliament in order to bring the process into line with the current legislation.

There is a requirement under Section 50 of the UK Borders Act 2007 for the Home Secretary to lay copies of the reports of the Independent Chief Inspector before Parliament. This requirement has only recently been brought to my notice and therefore, in order to comply with the legislation, I will now be laying the reports I receive from the Chief Inspector before Parliament.

This change in process will ensure that the requirements of the legislation are fulfilled but there is no change to the independence of the Chief Inspector and the work done by his office. The only amendment I may make to the reports that I receive are through the provision for redacting material on the grounds of national security or an individual’s safety in section 50 (3) of the 2007 Act.

All reports will continue to be available on the Chief Inspector’s website once they have been laid before Parliament.

Today 2 reports are being laid before Parliament; the first one is a report on the short notice inspection of a sham marriage enforcement operation and the second is report on an inspection of Border Force operations at Stansted Airport. Neither of these reports contains redactions.

Copies of both of these reports are available in the Vote Office.

Published 23 January 2014