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Ports: Automatic Number Plate Recognition

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 29th April 2008, Official Report, column 275W, on ports: automatic number plate recognition, whether there are automatic number plate recognition cameras in operation at British ports. (205306)

Automatic number plate recognition has proved to be an effective technology used by the police and other law enforcement agencies in combating serious and organised crime and terrorism. It is utilised at strategic locations nationally, including ports and airports, although for reasons of operational security, it is not possible to identify either the level of coverage or the specific ports at which it is currently deployed.