Airports: Immigration Controls

Home Office written question – answered on 3rd July 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Randerson Baroness Randerson Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the causes of long queues at border control in British airports; what assessment they have made of the impact of those queues on the tourism industry; and what action they intend to take to alleviate such queues.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

The number of visitors to the UK continues to grow, with record levels of visitors in 2017. We recognise the importance of the experience at the border for visitors and every effort is made to keep delays at the border to a minimum while always maintaining the security of the UK Border.

Border Force is taking a number of steps to ensure passengers pass through the border as quickly as possible, including through investment in technology and increasing the availability of staff at the busiest times of the day.

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