Undocumented Migrants: France

Home Office written question – answered at on 17 March 2020.

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Photo of Bell Ribeiro-Addy Bell Ribeiro-Addy Labour, Streatham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the funding allocated from the Joint Intervention Fund to each (a) programme and (b) activity in relation to the (i) Le Touquet agreement and (ii) Sandhurst Treaty in 2019-2020.

Photo of Bell Ribeiro-Addy Bell Ribeiro-Addy Labour, Streatham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding from the Joint Intervention fund in relation to the (a) Le Touquet agreement and (b) Sandhurst Treaty has been allocated to the cost of policing in Calais.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Joint Intervention Fund was a pot of £12 million spent between 2014-2016 on border security in northern France. This funding was used to improve security infrastructure at the Ports of Calais and Dunkirk (including fencing and cameras), and at the Eurotunnel terminal of Calais. Approximately £2.5 million of the fund was utilised to improve the Juxtaposed Controls at Calais and thereby deliver on commitments under the Le Touquet Treaty.

Neither the Joint Intervention Fund or the funding allocated under the 2018 Sandhurst Treaty has been utilised to support policing costs in Calais, which remain the responsibility of the French Government. Under the 2019 Small Boats Joint Action Plan, the UK has supported the deployment of Gendarmes reservists to improve the detection of small boats crossings.

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