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Written Answers — Home Office: Human Trafficking (27 Mar 2018)

Caroline Nokes: Immigration Enforcement work in partnership law enforcement agencies and NGOs in responding to modern slavery and human trafficking offences There are 1240 frontline officers within the crime and financial investigations teams (CFI) and immigration, compliance and enforcement teams of Immigration Enforcement, all of whom are trained to identify the indicators of modern slavery and human...

Written Answers — Home Office: Passports: Contracts (27 Mar 2018)

Caroline Nokes: No discussions have taken place between Home Office and the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse on the new contract for design, manufacture, assembly and personalisation of the UK passport. Her Majesty’s Passport Office has undertaken a rigorous, fair and open competition to identify the supplier that will be best able to meet the needs of its passport service and customers and...

Uk Passport Contract (26 Mar 2018)

Caroline Nokes: Her Majesty’s Passport Office is currently procuring services to design, manufacture and personalise UK passports from summer 2019, when the current contract ends. HM Passport Office has undertaken a rigorous, fair and open competition in accordance with UK law, and in line with EU and World Trade Organisation rules. This process began in March 2017, at which point HM Passport Office...

Uk Passport Contract (26 Mar 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I thank the hon. Lady for her question; she is quite right to champion the excellent staff in her constituency. However, I reassure her that the winning bidder will of course comply with the UK’s security policy framework and international security standards to mitigate and prevent internal and external threats to the manufacture and onward transportation of blank books. It was very...

Uk Passport Contract (26 Mar 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I very much appreciate my right hon. and learned Friend’s contribution—how could I not? He is absolutely right to point out that we wish to be a global, outward-looking trading nation. All the companies that participated in this tender process provide identity documents and bank notes, and other passport providers have bid. The reality is that in a fair procurement process, we had...

Uk Passport Contract (26 Mar 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I gently point out to the right hon. Lady that it was in 2009 that the rules were changed to enable the British passport to be made overseas and that 20% of blank passports are already printed abroad—[Interruption.] She refers repeatedly from a sedentary position to taking back control. Yes, we are: we are taking back control by awarding a contract within procurement rules—WTO...

Uk Passport Contract (26 Mar 2018)

Caroline Nokes: My hon. Friend has done well to point out that De La Rue already prints documents for many different countries. Quite rightly, as with any British company, we wish it to be outward looking and global in its perspective. He makes an important point about paper milling in his constituency that I am sure the successful bidders will have heard.

Uk Passport Contract (26 Mar 2018)

Caroline Nokes: The hon. and learned Lady appears to have focused on the colour of the passport and Brexit rather than the issue at hand: the need to obtain the best possible value for money in the new passport contract, and also to ensure that whatever the outcome of Brexit, we have one of the most secure travel documents in the world, with a range of innovative features.

Uk Passport Contract (26 Mar 2018)

Caroline Nokes: This procurement is still subject to the full legal process, and I have no intention of making public anything that might jeopardise that. My hon. Friend has pointed out that 26% of Gemalto is owned by the French Government. Having their own national provider enables the French to get around EU procurement rules and, indeed, World Trade Organisation rules. What matters to me is that...

Uk Passport Contract (26 Mar 2018)

Caroline Nokes: The right hon. Gentleman is right to point out that there will be all sorts of opportunities post Brexit for the UK to determine its own rules, but I should gently point out to him that this is subject to WTO rules, by which I think we should look to be well guided.

Uk Passport Contract (26 Mar 2018)

Caroline Nokes: As ever, I can rely on my right hon. Friend to get straight to the point. There is a long history of British passports not necessarily being printed by UK companies. What is important to me is that we award contracts within the rules, that the Government do not seek to circumvent those rules, and that the process is handled fairly.

Uk Passport Contract (26 Mar 2018)

Caroline Nokes: Seeking to protect British jobs in the way in which the hon. Lady outlines would be protectionist. I want British companies to be able to bid on a global stage for all sorts of contracts, and to be able to compete fairly throughout the world.

Uk Passport Contract (26 Mar 2018)

Caroline Nokes: As my right hon. Friend might expect, there has been close scrutiny of all the bids received—that has included a significant amount of financial due diligence—to ensure that the bidders can deliver on this contract, and deliver in a way that provides a British passport with the most up-to-date and important security features to be found in any travel document anywhere in the world.

Uk Passport Contract (26 Mar 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I reassure the hon. Gentleman that this is not about taking away rights; it is about awarding a contract within the rules.

Uk Passport Contract (26 Mar 2018)

Caroline Nokes: My hon. Friend tempts me to say something I am really not going to say. What I welcome as part of this whole process is that we have companies in this country and abroad that can take part in a fair bidding process, where the best quality, the best security features and the best value for money wins, regardless of nationality.

Uk Passport Contract (26 Mar 2018)

Caroline Nokes: It is important to reflect upon the fact that the new bidder will be providing new facilities and new jobs in the UK. We will of course seek to work with any company that experiences issues regarding the redundancy of staff, as any responsible Government would, but it is also very important to us that we make sure that we get best value for money for the British taxpayer.

Uk Passport Contract (26 Mar 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I never fail to be impressed by my right hon. Friend’s ability to raise the issues about which he rightly campaigns and cares a great deal. Of course we need to consider how we spend any saving to the taxpayer in the best possible way. It is worth reflecting on the fact that the Immigration Act 2016 enables us to use any income received from passport fees to contribute not just towards...

Uk Passport Contract (26 Mar 2018)

Caroline Nokes: It is important to reflect on the fact that we do not believe in a protectionist policy. I can tell the hon. Lady that we anticipate that 70 jobs will be created in the UK as a result of the award of this contract, but this is about making sure that we get the best deal for the taxpayer, that we have the most secure and up-to-date travel document and, of course, that we abide by the rules and...

Uk Passport Contract (26 Mar 2018)

Caroline Nokes: The new passport will incorporate a polycarbonate page, which is the most up-to-date security feature, but there will still be paper pages, so the new passport will not look so radically different from what my right hon. Friend expects, although it is important that new security features are contained the whole way through it.

Uk Passport Contract (26 Mar 2018)

Caroline Nokes: I do not think that I have at any point advanced an argument for state ownership. To be quite frank, we know that that produces poor value for money and higher prices in general. I am old enough—just—to remember the great British invention of British Leyland’s Allegro, and that was hardly a triumph.


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