immigration and nationality directorate (IND), home office minister
Beverley Hughes announced today.
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
- 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
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