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Borders: Personal Records

Volume 475: debated on Friday 16 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will provide a breakdown by offence of the arrests made under Project Semaphore of the e-Borders programme. (203607)

[holding answer 6 May 2008]: Alerts issued by e-Borders have resulted in over 1,700 arrests. A breakdown of arrests by offence is as follows:

Offence type

Number over period January 2005 to March 2008

Murder

18

Kidnapping

6

Rape

7

Sexual offences

49

Missing person found

0

Registered sex offender

8

Deserter from armed forces

1

Threatening behaviour

14

Harassment

10

Threats to kill

6

Violence against the person

77

Assault

110

Robbery

31

Burglary

38

Theft

82

Handling stolen goods

63

Criminal damage

29

Rioting

6

Offensive weapons/firearms

20

Road traffic offences

176

Drink driving

3

Arson

2

Fraud

66

Deception

28

Blackmail

1

Perverting the course of justice

6

Breach of court order

187

Prison absconder

7

Recall to prison

22

Failure to attend court

132

Bail offences

271

Non-payment of fines

154

Obstruction of police at court

1

Money laundering

35

Drug offences

60

Bigamy

1

Breach of the peace

2

Deserting the army

7

Copyright offences

1

Prostitution

1

Bankruptcy

1

Travelling on lost/stolen/cancelled passport

1

Fraudulently obtained document

1

Previous adverse immigration history/RLE

3

Facilitator

5

Total

1,749

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will provide a breakdown by category of the alerts raised under Project Semaphore of the e-Borders programme. (203608)

[holding answer 6 May 2008]: Alerts issued by e-Borders are now in excess of 23,000. A breakdown of alert categories is listed as follows:

Alerts

Police

10,438

HMRC (HMRC Detection now part of UK Border Agency)

2,218

Border and Immigration Agency (now UK Border Agency)

10,156

UKvisas (now part of UK Border Agency)

573

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department from which high-risk countries travellers are subject to compulsory watch-list checks under the e-Borders programme. (203942)

[holding answer 7 May 2008]: E-Borders currently receives data on 30 million passengers’ movements per annum from 102 carriers serving 182 non-UK departure points. We cannot disclose greater detail of these routes as it could potentially prejudice our ability to maintain the integrity of the control.