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Biometrics: Pilot Schemes

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pilot schemes for new biometric technology have been carried out over the last five years. (241798)

UKvisas, together with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, carried out a pilot collecting two flat fingerprints from visa applicants in Colombo, matching them against IAFS. The pilot started in July 2003, was evaluated after six months and then extended to other posts.

In advance of the BRP rollout, UK Borders Agency ran a pilot at the Croydon Public Enquiry Office from April this year.

Its predecessor, the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, ran a Project IRIS pilot from June 2005 to May 2006.