Over the Christmas holidays the Government announced that it was considering a ‘Dad’s Army’ of volunteers to patrol and monitor our borders. This would appear to be the Government’s solution to cutting the number of Border Force staff and their resources.
I pointed out to the Minister that his own Government report showed in July 2017 that 27 out of 62 small ports had no visit from the Border Force. This left our ports open to illegal activities. No volunteer force will have the skills or resources they need to undertake a job of utmost importance. The Conservatives are failing to see the consequences of austerity and poorly planned policies such as a ‘Dad’s Army’ Border Force.