Clause 20

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:00 am on 15th March 2007.

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Photo of Eric Illsley Eric Illsley Labour, Barnsley Central 10:00 am, 15th March 2007

With this, it will be convenient to discuss the following: amendment No. 151, in clause 40, page 21, line 41, after ‘constable’, insert

‘, including a constable in the UK Border Police Force established under section [Establishment of UK Border Police Force],’.

New clause 4—Establishment of UK Border Police Force—

‘(1) There shall be a body corporate to be known as the UK Border Police Force.

(2) The UK Border Police Force shall have the functions of—

(a) detecting and removing illegal overstayers;

(b) protecting UK borders;

(c) investigating employers of illegal immigrants;

(d) preventing and detecting human trafficking; and

(e) such other functions as the Secretary of State may by order determine.

(3) Membership of the UK Border Police Force will be comprised of officers from—

(a) the Immigration Service;

(b) HM Revenue and Customs;

(c) the Serious Organised Crime Agency;

(d) specialist port police forces;

(e) the Metropolitan Police Security Command;

(f) the Security Services; and

(g) such other organisations as the Secretary of State shall by order determine.

(4) Before making an order under subsection (2)(e) the Secretary of State shall—

(a) publish proposals;

(b) consult members of the public and stakeholders; and

(c) lay a draft before each House of Parliament.

(5) Bodies to be consulted under subsection (4)(b) shall include—

(a) the Metropolitan Police Commissioner;

(b) representatives of the Association of Chief Police Officers;

(c) the Director General of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate;

(d) representatives of the Serious Organised Crime Agency;

(e) representatives of the Association of Police Authorities; and

(f) such other people as the Secretary of State shall determine.’. and amendment (a) thereto, leave out lines 2 to 7 and insert—

‘(2) The UK Border Police Force shall have the functions of—

(a) protecting UK borders;

(b) strengthening frontier protection against threats to the security, social and economic integrity and environment of the United Kingdom;

(c) preventing and detecting human trafficking;

(d) maintaining and improving a safe, ordered and secure environment in ports; and

(e) such other functions as the Secretary of State may by order determine.’.