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Borders: Personal Records

Volume 505: debated on Friday 5 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department plans to introduce passenger name record checks on all passenger movements (a) into, (b) through and (c) out of the UK. (312898)

Passenger name record data (PNR) will be collected on a phased, intelligence-based approach over five years. It is expected that a maximum of 100 million passenger movements will have been collected by the end of December 2013. This equates to approximately 40 per cent. of all passenger and crew movements into, through and out of the UK. The selection of routes required to provide PNR will be based according to risk.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the e-borders programme to include an automated authority to carry capability. (312899)

An automated authority to carry (ATC) capability is not included in the e-Borders contract. UK Border Agency (UKBA) has the option to include this capability at a later stage, but this will need to be funded separately.

As part of the wider rollout of e-Borders in 2011, a capability to support a manual ATC process will be delivered.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of progress in the manual trial period for authority to carry capabilities as part of the e-borders programme. (313295)

The UK Border Agency has completed a proof of concept trial of a manual authority to carry scheme. We are currently evaluating these data in the context of the Prime Minister's recent statement on security and border protection, to examine the broader options for preventing people from travelling to the United Kingdom.