UKBA would rip apart into a new equipped command: May

The home secretary confirmed UK Border Force would rip apart into a new equipped command. This, according to her, was in a bid to create a “whole new management culture”.



The assertion came soon after Theresa May presented to the Commons the Vine report into the diminished checks. The report was met by demands that she make an apology to Parliament for her conduct.

May told the commons that UKBA had been a troubled organisation since it was founded.

She added UKBA has responded to problems instead of completely managing its responsibilities.

May asserted that it was in better hands for the future but the amount of the transformational change required was too enormous for one organisation.

The home secretary confirmed UK Border Force would rip apart into a new equipped command, in a bid to create a “whole new management culture”.

Chief constable of Wiltshire police Brian Moore, has been made interim UK Border Force head.

The Vine report is mainly uncomplimentary towards UK Border Force but it includes problems for the home secretary also.

The report corroborated that reduced checks took place on those arriving in the UK without ministerial authorisation in the period after 2007. The cut in checks were non-existent in the first two years, but increased noticeably in 2011.

UK Border Force sometimes put off checks in unauthorised circumstances. Fingerprint protected ID was shelved on a number of occasions without ministerial approval.

In one case, when May openly declined postponement of ID checks, officials went ahead without her authorisation.

May told MPs that one operation, which cut checks on passengers from low-risk countries, was “potentially discriminatory and unlawful”.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said May had given MPs a lopsided account of the report, which did not contain the passages on ministerial responsibility or the outcome of trimmed down staff numbers on the UK Border Force.

Cooper said the obvious suggestion is lack of staff could have increased crisis and yet she hasn’t give that statement in her report to parliament.

Cooper added that time and again the home secretary had not set out the whole information in this report.

Cooper stated that this had very serious connotations for their border and yet the home secretary was continuing to conceal, as she has hidden from the media.

Copper further stated that it was time for May to stop hiding, to take responsibility.

Cooper said the report found ministers had failed to clear language while authorising reduced checks.

The report found, its directive that queues should not get beyond “reasonable length” were open to misunderstanding.

The report also criticised ministers for failing to observe the plan once it was authorised.

May later admitted that the report did criticise ministers, although she had not mentioned it in her statement to the Commons.

The reduced checks were set up following concerns in airports and in government at the length of the queues at immigration checks.

The home secretary substantiated that she would put in practice the reports suggestions in full. Cancelling all existing suspension measures featured in the report, introducing an operating policy on secure ID checks, ascertaining a minimum level of mandatory checks for all passengers and setting standards for record keeping would be undertaken.




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