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Exit Checks

Volume 456: debated on Monday 29 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of reintroducing exit checks at airports. (116367)

Selective intelligence-led embarkation controls continue to take place at major ports to identify failed asylum seekers and other immigration offenders who are leaving the UK. We also retain the capacity to set up more extensive targeted controls at short notice when required.

The e-Borders programme, scheduled to commence in 2008, will strengthen and modernise our border control and provide an electronic record of those entering and leaving the UK.