UK Liberty

surely not another rushed Government pilot scheme?

Posted in law and order by ukliberty on November 15, 2007

Kable:

Jacqui Smith, the home secretary, described the changes as the most sweeping to UK border security for decades. “All travellers to Britain will be screened against no fly lists and intercept target lists and, together with biometric visas, this will help keep trouble away from our shores.”

“As well as the tougher double check at the border, ID cards for foreign nationals will soon give us a triple check in country. Together this adds up to some of the most advanced security anywhere on the globe.”

The civil service PCS union expressed serious concerns about the announcement, however. It warned that the transfer of staff from Revenue and Customs, UK Visas and the Border and Immigration Agency into the new agency was flawed and based on a poor and rushed evaluation of the pilot schemes.

Staff with less than three hours’ training are being asked to perform key roles, such as passenger profiling, the union said. At Purfleet in the Thames Gateway, customs staff who have been ordered to carry out vehicle searches previously conducted by immigration officers, have reported checks are down by 50 per cent because of insufficient training.

Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said: “We are yet to be convinced that these proposals, based on flawed pilot schemes, will achieve the government’s aims of strengthening the UK’s borders.

 I can’t believe that at all.

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