Home Office preparedness for Covid-19 (coronavirus): immigration and visas Contents


The following witnesses gave evidence. Transcripts can be viewed on the inquiry publications page of the Committee’s website.

Wednesday 18 March 2020

Lucy Moreton, Corporate Officer, Immigration Services Union


Assistant Chief Constable Owen Weatherill, Strategic Lead, National Police Coordination Centre; Deputy Chief Constable Paul Netherton OBE, Lead for Civil Contingencies, National Police Chiefs’ Council, Deputy Chief Constable, Devon and Cornwall Police


Emma Moore, Chief Operating Officer, UK Border Force; Angela Perfect, COVID-19 Incident Gold Commander, UK Border Force


Monday 06 April 2020

Chief Superintendent Paul Griffiths, President, Police Superintendents Association of England and Wales; Simon Kempton, Operational Lead, Covid-19, Police Federation of England and Wales


Chief Constable Garry Forsyth, Chief Constable, Bedfordshire Police, Chief Constable Peter Goodman, Chief Constable, Derbyshire Police, Chief Constable John Robins, Chief Constable, West Yorkshire Police, Chief Constable Lisa Winward, Chief Constable, North Yorkshire Police


Wednesday 15 April 2020

Dame Vera Baird DBE QC, Victims’ Commissioner, Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales, Nicole Jacobs, Domestic Abuse Commissioner, Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales, Anne Longfield OBE, Children’s Commissioner, Children’s Commissioner for England


Baljit Banga, Executive Director, Imkaan, Eleanor Butt, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Refuge, Anna Edmundson, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Lucy Hadley, Campaigns and Policy Manager, Women’s Aid


Tuesday 21 April 2020

Adrian Berry, Chair, Immigration Law Practioners’ Association, Colin Yeo, Founder at Free Movement


Andy Hewett, Head of Advocacy, Refugee Council, Chai Patel, Legal Policy Director, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, Bella Sankey, Director, Detention Action


Wednesday 29 April 2020

Rt Hon Priti Patel, MP, Home Secretary, Home Office, Matthew Rycroft CBE, Permanent Secretary, Home Office, Shona Dunn, Second Permanent Secretary, Home Office


Thursday 07 May 2020

Sarah Burnett, Business Operations Director, Justice and Immigration, Serco, Colin Dobell, Managing Director, Care and Custody, Mitie, Steven Lakey, Managing Director, Clearsprings Ready Homes, John Taylor, Chief Operating Officer, Mears Group


Tim Buley, QC, Landmark Chambers; Rory Dunlop, QC, 39 Essex Chambers


Wednesday 13 May 2020

Caroline Dinenage, MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Baroness Williams of Trafford, Lords Minister, Home Office


Friday 22 May 2020

Karen Dee, Chief Executive, Airport Operators Association, Tony Smith, CBE, Chair, International Border Management and Technologies Association, Former interim Director General of Border Force, Sarah West, Chief Operations Officer, Port of Dover


Professor Gabriel Scally, Visiting Professor of Public Health, Bristol University, Professor Annelies Wilder-Smith, Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine


Wednesday 03 June 2020

Commander Karen Baxter, Head of Economic Crime, City of London Police; Graeme Biggar, CBE, Director General, National Economic Crime Centre


Susie Hargreaves OBE, Chief Executive, Internet Watch Foundation; Robert Jones, Director of Threat Leadership, National Crime Agency


Wednesday 10 June 2020

Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore; Professor Gabriel Leung, Dean, Li Ka Shing Faculity of Medicine, Hong Kong University; Sir David Skegg, Emeritus Professor, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand; Professor James Wilsdon, Vice-Chair International Network for Government Science Advice

Published: 15 June 2020