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e-Borders: Channel Tunnel

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received from businesses involved with operations through the Channel Tunnel about the introduction of e-Borders; and if she will make a statement. (209083)

Representations have been received from a number of businesses which include Eurotunnel, the British Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Tour Operators.

The Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) consultation held from 1 August 2007 to 24 October 2007 also had responses from across industry (including Eurotunnel) and subsequently elements of the RIA were amended to reflect the concerns of industry.

The e-Borders programme continues to engage with the industry to resolve the concerns and to develop a solution which both improves security at the UK border and takes account of the business needs of industry.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the effect on the time taken for travellers to travel through the Channel Tunnel of the introduction of e-borders. (209084)

The e-Borders Programme is committed to working with Eurotunnel and other stakeholders to develop a solution which both improves security at the UK border, and takes account of industry business needs.

An assessment of the impact on travellers will form part of the constructive engagement taking place between the programme and the industry in the development of a range of potential solutions that will permit the operation of a secure, comprehensive and flexible border control.

The work that has been undertaken to date is focused on maintaining or improving the total transit time in an e-Borders environment. The e-Borders team will continue to work in partnership with Eurotunnel to refine the process.