Bishop of Durham asks about Home Office officials’ roles in France, Greece and Italy

On 14th March 2017 the Bishop of Durham, Rt Revd Paul Butler, received a written answer to a question to Government about Home Office officials in France, Greece and Italy.

The Lord Bishop of Durham: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what Home Office officials are based in (1) France, (2) Greece, and (3) Italy; and what is the operational role of each official.

Baroness Williams of Trafford: The Home Office has a number of staff working across Europe, both bilaterally and through EU mechanisms, including secondments to the European Asylum Support Office and Frontex.

Officials are working on a range of important issues, from tackling Organised Immigration Crime and Modern Slavery to securing effective transfers under the Dublin Regulation and Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016, including in France, Italy and Greece. The Home Office takes this international cooperation very seriously and will continue to review the resources needed overseas to promote UK objectives.