Customs: Expenditure

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 30th September 2022.

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Photo of Ruth Cadbury Ruth Cadbury Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost to the public purse was of the construction of border control points in the UK in the last five years.

Photo of Mark Spencer Mark Spencer The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

£200 million has been spent by HM Government as Port Infrastructure Fund. While much of this went towards the creation of Border Control Posts (BCPs), other facilities were also built (e.g. Border Force, site infrastructure enhancements).

£13.02 million has been spent by Defra on the Sevington BCP, including costs for construction and fixture & fittings, in financial year (FY) 2021/22 & FY 2022/23 to August.

£22.09 million has been spent by Defra on the Dover sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) BCP which covers FY 2021/22 & FY 2022/23 construction to the end of August.

No construction work has yet begun on BCPs in Wales. The Welsh Government is awaiting finalisation of the Target Operating Model before committing to construction contracts.

A total of £15.3 million capital, £16.4 million resource and £1.7 million depreciation has been expended to the end of August 2022 on the provision of the infrastructure, IT systems and personnel for the work necessary to carry out the required SPS checks at Northern Ireland's Points of Entry as a result of the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

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