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Borders: Personal Records

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were on the e-Borders watch list on 30 December 2008. (251688)

The data held on the e-Borders watchlists are drawn from a variety of sources, including the police and other Government Departments. Checks are undertaken against this database for the purposes of border control, national security and the detection and prevention of crime.

It is longstanding policy not to discuss either the specific information held on the database or details relating to the volumes of data on it. To do so would be counterproductive and may provide sensitive information to those seeking to circumvent border controls.