Surveillance: English Channel

Home Office written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of Charlie Elphicke Charlie Elphicke Conservative, Dover

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent on aerial surveillance of the English Channel in (a) each year from 2010 to 2018 and (b) 2019 to date.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

It is Home Office policy not to comment on details of the deployment of covert assets or any operational capability or taskings, as to do so would or likely to prejudice national security.

Please see below a Home Office publication link to transparency data from 2010 to financial year 2017/2018 on Home Office spending.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ho-annual-reports-and-accounts

Border Force uses a layered approach to coastal defence, including patrols comprising additional military and law enforcement vessels, on-shore re-sources and intelligence and surveillance to detect efforts to smuggle guns and drugs or facilitate illegal entry into the country.

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