UK Visas and Immigration: Biometrics

Home Office written question – answered on 5th November 2018.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what risk assessment his Department undertook of the placement of UKVI biometric services in local libraries under the contract with Sopra Steria.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

Physical security assessments have been completed by both UK Visa and Immigration and Sopra Steria to assess the risk of placing UKVI biometric services in local libraries under the contract with Sopra Steria.

Sopra Steria has carried out detailed due diligence visits in person to each venue to assess the physical environment, security, public access, and suitability for the service. Modifications have been made where required.

As libraries already deliver a range of services to the public; they are monitored by the risk and security assessments of the Local Authority.

The staff who will be carrying out the biometric data appointments have all been security cleared with recent Disclosure Barring Services and Baseline Personnel Security Standard accreditation.

Specialist training has been delivered to staff in the library venues.

Home Office Security have approved and granted Authority to Operate in local libraries.

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