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Identity Information: Cross-Border Travel

Volume 490: debated on Monday 23 March 2009

17. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to track the identities of individuals entering and leaving the UK. (264812)

The e-Borders system will allow us to count people in and out of the country by screening all passenger and crew data against watch lists in advance of travel. This will help us to identify those persons, including serious criminals and terrorists, who pose a risk to the UK and take action where appropriate.

These checks make up just one part if Britain’s triple ring of security alongside fingerprint visas for three-quarters of the world’s population and the roll-out of ID cards for foreign nationals locking them to one identity.