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Frontiers: Security

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on procurement for the e-borders system; and what the planned extent of the system is. (168440)

A contract to deliver e-Borders was awarded to the Trusted Borders consortium led by Raytheon Systems Ltd on 14 November 2007. e-Borders is a multi-agency programme, led by the Border and Immigration Agency in partnership with HM Revenue and Customs, UKvisas and the police service, working with the security and intelligence agencies. Its main purpose is the collection and analysis of passenger, service and crew data provided by carriers (air, sea and rail), in respect of all journeys to and from the United Kingdom in advance of travel, supporting an intelligence led approach to operating border controls.

Information gathered by e-Borders will provide crucial aid to security and counter-terrorist work, providing the capability to risk assess all passengers and allowing the authorities to intervene, where necessary, against those considered to be high risk.