To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases of illegal migration between the UK and the Republic of Ireland in either direction have been detected by Operation Gull in each of the last 10 years; what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of Operation Gull; and if she will make a statement.
Detailed records about Operation Gull are available from financial year 2010-11 when responsibility for this work was transferred to immigration officers in Northern Ireland. Through Operation Gull we regularly arrest and remove
illegal travellers attempting to use Northern Ireland ports as a means of transit across the UK. The number of immigration offenders detected through Operation Gull in Northern Ireland over the last 5 financial years were:
2014/15 (at end Dec 2014)