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Bill Jeffrey has been appointed the new director general of the ...
Bill Jeffrey has been appointed the new director general of the

immigration and nationality directorate (IND), home office minister

Beverley Hughes announced today.

Mr Jeffrey, who was selected following an open competition, succeeds

Stephen Boys Smith who is to take up the post of director general of

the organised crime, drugs and international group at the home


Mr Jeffrey, who is expected to take up his new appointment early in

the autumn, currently works at the Northern Ireland office where he

has been political director since 1998. He has previously held

positions in the prison service and in IND.

The immigration and nationality directorate, which employs 10,500

staff, has responsibility for the key areas of managed migration,

immigration control and law, asylum, work permits and nationality


The role of director general is one of the most senior and

challenging posts in the civil service. Mr Jeffrey has been

appointed at a time when the IND is experiencing major change,

opportunities and challenges on several fronts.

He will be tasked with implementing the far-reaching changes set out

in the White Paper, 'Secure Borders, Safe Haven', and in the

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill currently passing though


Commenting on the appointment, immigration minister Beverley Hughes


'The job of director general of the immigration and nationality

directorate is one of the most demanding and high profile in


'I am looking forward to working with Bill Jeffrey on building on the

improvements already made to the immigration and asylum system and

delivering the radical reforms laid out in our White Paper and NIA



1. The director general of the immigration and nationality

directorate has responsibility for:

- The operation of immigration control at all UK ports.

- The enforcement of immigration law within the UK.

- Dealing with applications for asylum (currently some 70,000 a

year); other immigration applications made within the UK (over

300,000 a year); and applications for British nationality (100,000 a


- The issue of work permits authorising employment in the UK (150,000

a year).

- The provision of support to asylum seekers, principally through the

national asylum support service which is part of IND and which deals

with 78,000 applications per year and has 22,500 spaces available in

accommodation at any one time.

- The formulation of policy on all aspects of immigration and asylum.

- The representation of the UK's interests internationally,

bilaterally with individual countries and in multilateral form

including the EU.

2. Biographical Notes

Bill Jeffrey was last in the immigration and nationality directorate

from 1992-1994, when he was under secretary responsible for

operations and resources and chief inspector of the immigration


Since then, he has had a spell in the cabinet office, from 1994 to

1998, as deputy head of the economic and domestic secretariat, with

responsibility for co-ordinating all collective government business

on home and social affairs, and for preparing and managing the

government's legislative programme. He oversaw the preparation of the

new government's first Queen's Speech.

Since 1998, he has been political director at the Northern Ireland

office, advising the prime minister and successive secretaries of

state on the Northern Ireland political process. He was involved in

the final stages of the negotiation of the Belfast (Good Friday)

Agreement, and in all the subsequent efforts to achieve the

Agreement's implementation.

Prior to 1992, he had a number of assignments in the home office,

including as head of the prison service's central personnel division

from 1988 to 1992. Bill Jeffrey is a mathematics graduate of Glasgow

University. He is married and enjoys hill-walking, reading, films and

watching football.

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