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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Operation Isotrope: the use of the military to counter migrant crossings

Defence Committee
Operation Isotrope: the use of the military to counter migrant crossings

Wednesday 26 January 2022

Start times: 9.15am (private) 9.30am (public)


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Defence holds session on use of military to counter migrant crossings

The Committee is likely to explore the process that led to the decision to start Operation Isotrope, including involvement of the National Security Council. The Committee may discuss which assets will be deployed, what the rules of engagement will be and how long the operation is expected to last. The Committee will likely ask how the Government intends to measure the success of the operation.

The Committee may examine what the projected costs of the operations are, and which Department will bear them, as well as what the potential impact may be on other Defence commitments and the possible involvement of the Army and RAF. The Committee will likely also ask whether there will be military engagement and cooperation with the French armed forces and civilian authorities.

The Committee will likely seek to determine what capabilities the Armed Forces add to operations that are not available to the Border Force, and whether this represents a permanent move of Border Force policy from the Home Office to the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

Meeting details

At 9.30am: Oral evidence
Inquiry Operation Isotrope: the use of the military to counter migrant crossings

Location

Room 8, Palace of Westminster

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