Mr Redwood’s intervention during the Statement on the UK Border Agency, 20 Feb

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): As someone who supports what the Home Secretary is trying to do to get better control over our borders and a risk-based approach, may I ask her what explanation she has been offered of the failure of some officials to accept ministerial instructions? There is no point in having Ministers and Parliament if officials ignore everything that they tell them.

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mrs Theresa May): Sadly, the chief inspector describes in the report poor communication and poor managerial oversight in the Border Force. He makes it clear that the information systems within the UKBA and the UK Border Force were not being used properly to enable proper assessments to be made of the proposals that were being made.