Alok Sharma MP seeks reassurance on border security
30th April 2012
Whilst supporting efficient passport control and immigration checks for passengers, Alok Sharma calls on the Immigration Minister for reassurance that borders will never again be left wide open as they were in 2004.
Alok Sharma (Reading West) (Con): We all want passengers to pass efficiently through passport control and immigration, but can the Minister confirm that what we will never see repeated is what happened on occasion during Labour’s watch in 2004, when all passport gates at Heathrow terminal 3 were left open and no checks were made at all?
Damian Green: I can only agree with my hon. Friend. That was indeed shocking. The whole point of the reforms that we have instituted since the John Vine report is to avoid the sort of crisis in which the first reaction is often to say “We will just let everyone through to avoid queues”, because that creates a much less secure border.