House of Lords written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Lord Morrow Lord Morrow DUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK Border Agency is monitored to ensure compliance with all statutory rules when interviewing potential illegal immigrants, particularly with regard to interviews of children and vulnerable adults, when a social worker or person of similar standing is required to be present.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley The Minister of State, Home Department

Oversight of the UK Border Agency's compliance with all statutory duties and operational policy, including those relating to children and vulnerable adults, is governed on various levels throughout the business. The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration works to ensure independent scrutiny of the work of the UK Border Agency and the Border Force, providing confidence and assurance as to their effectiveness and efficiency.

The chief inspector is completely independent of the UK Border Agency and Border Force and reports directly to the Home Secretary. Full detail on the role of the chief inspector can be found at: http://icinspector.

Within the UK Border Agency there are various mechanisms for monitoring compliance. Both the UK Border Agency and Border Force conduct national assurance programmes, to ensure compliance with policies and processes against comprehensive quality assurance frameworks and operational guidance. Management assurance measures are also in place to check whether the standards are met.

Expert advice and quality assurance on any case involving children, including those cases where vulnerable adults form part of a family unit is available through the safeguarding co-ordinators network and the Office of the Children's Champion within the UK Border Agency.

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