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Borders: Personal Records

Volume 492: debated on Thursday 14 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect on airlines of having to implement the delayed e-Borders requirements during the start of peak travel season. (260363)

Progress on the e-Borders Programme over the last few months has been very positive with the resolution of some complex technical issues. The ramp up to 100 million passenger movements commenced in mid-March and we will confirm the achievement of the 100 million by the end of June. This important capacity increase has been managed in close collaboration with the aviation industry.

e-Borders continues to work with the industry to ensure that the burden and pressures are minimised. The roll out programme is, by agreement, country based. This permits flexibility in meeting carrier calls for relief on implementation. The transitional arrangements created by the programme to alleviate carrier implementation issues also relieve them from some critical system changes during this busy period.