Illegal Cross-channel Movements: Discussions with French Counterpart

Part of Home Department – in the House of Commons at on 14 November 2022.

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Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department

It is astonishing that the Home Secretary has not made an oral statement on this subject, given the number of people who want to ask questions. She is preventing full scrutiny of this deal. Could that be because her written statement admits that there have been only 140 smuggling-related convictions across all of Britain and France in 35 months? Can she confirm that that means there have been on average just four convictions a month for those dangerous crimes, even though last month alone nearly 7,000 people arrived in the UK as a result of organised criminals profiting from putting lives at risk? Why is the Government’s action against criminal smuggler gangs so pitifully weak?