Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration

Home Department written question – answered on 13th September 2013.

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Photo of Julian Huppert Julian Huppert Liberal Democrat, Cambridge

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has had any recent communication with the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration on guidelines surrounding the ministerial use of powers of redaction.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

The Secretary of State for the Home Department, my right hon. Friend Mrs May, exercises her power to redact information from the chief inspector's reports in line with the provisions in the UK Borders Act 2007, which provide that she may omit material from his reports if she thinks that its publication is undesirable for reasons of national security or might jeopardise the safety of an individual. Home Office Ministers have regular communications with ministerial colleagues and others as part of the process of policy development and delivery. It is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such communications.

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