To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 26 October to Question 181301 on UK Border Force: Staff, and with reference to the National Audit Office report on The UK Border: preparedness for EU exit published on 24 October, whether his Department has made any new assessment of the adequacy of the numbers of the current and projected Border Force workforce to meet projected future demands.
Border Force will always ensure it has the necessary resources to keep the border secure and will respond flexibly to emerging requirements through ongoing assessments of operational needs.
Border Force has recruited a Readiness Task Force to provide operational resilience to the frontline and allow existing staff to undertake EU exit related training. The c.300 multi-disciplinary Border Force officers will be fully deployed by the end of the year.
An additional c.600 Border Force officers are being recruited in 2018/19 to respond to the new requirements it will face as a result of EU Exit and to provide resilience at key locations.