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Borders: Personal Records

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department had spent on the e-borders project in total by 31 January 2008. (195136)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the global roll-out of fingerprint visas under the e-Borders programme. (203940)

[holding answer 7 May 2008]: We delivered global roll out of our visa biometric programme in December, three months early and several million pounds under budget. To date, over 2.5 million enrolments have generated over 19,000 matches to data recorded in connection with a previous immigration or asylum matter in the United Kingdom and bringing to notice over 3,100 applications which have been lodged in a different identity.

UK Border Agency are now averaging 1,200 matches a month to visa applicants who have previously been fingerprinted in the United Kingdom in association with an immigration or asylum matter.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what percentage of UK passenger movements she expects will utilise passenger name record data in 2013; (215515)

(2) when her Department expects to complete the risk assessment for the routes which will capture other passenger information (OPI); and what plans she has to announce which routes will utilise OPI.

The e-Borders Programme will check and screen against watch lists 60 per cent., of all passenger and crew movements in and out of the UK by December 2009, 95 per cent., by December 2010 and 100 per cent., by 2014.

We do not intend to publish details of those routes for which Passenger Name Record data will be captured as this is operationally sensitive.