BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS AND SHARING IN RELATION
TO ACCOMMODATION AND FACILITIES
Numerous formal and informal arrangements already
exist at ports to promote, where possible, sharing of accommodation
and facilities between agencies, and opportunities to develop
further sharing and joint Memoranda of Understanding are under
regular review. Progress is monitored by an Action Plan agreed
with Directors of the respective agencies.
The Immigration Service and HMC&E share
an Estates Commission, a framework agreement let by the Home Office
Buildings and Estates Management Unit to Rogers Chapman plc, for
professional advice on the specialised surveying issues that arise
at air and sea ports. Regular joint meetings take place with operators
to discuss matters arising which impact substantially on cost
and effective space utilisation.
An Immigration Service contract let in 1998
with Initial Cleaning Services for office cleaning at most air
and sea ports is now shared by the UK Passport Agency and others
within the Immigration and Nationality Directorate. A shared framework
exists with the MOD and others in the Home Office for the provision
of office equipment by Cannon. The Immigration Service is also
involved in discussion with HMC&E on the possibility of a
shared radio system in the future.