Debates between Lord Bishop of Derby and Lord Murray of Blidworth during the 2019 Parliament

Ports and Airports: Queues

Debate between Lord Bishop of Derby and Lord Murray of Blidworth
Tuesday 28th March 2023

(1 year, 3 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Murray of Blidworth Portrait Lord Murray of Blidworth (Con)
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It should not be a problem, in that holders of EU settled status obviously are entitled to an EU passport, which is capable of being read by our e-gates. Of itself, the existence of EU status is not an issue. The issue arises in only those cases where those people who are entitled to EU settled status do not hold a valid EU passport—and that is a small cohort, but one which we are looking into.

Lord Bishop of Derby Portrait The Lord Bishop of Derby
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My Lords, whatever the causes may be for queues as they arise at ports and airports, the people working there can come under great pressure as those queues and stress levels rise. Can the Minister say what support is being given to those who work at our borders to safeguard their well-being in the midst of all this pressure?

Lord Murray of Blidworth Portrait Lord Murray of Blidworth (Con)
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I can certainly reassure the right reverend Prelate that the Home Office takes very seriously its obligations for the well-being of its staff both in Border Force and Immigration Enforcement. I will write to her with the detail of that.