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Biometrics

Volume 688: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 18 December 2006 (WA 253), what biometric or other information will be contained in the electronic record of the e-Borders programme scheduled to commence in 2008.[HL1410]

The electronic record of the e-Borders programme will contain passenger data submitted to the e-Borders system by air, sea and rail carriers in advance of their travelling in to or out of the UK. For each passenger, this will include the eight key fields of biographical data held in their travel document (name, place and date of birth, gender, nationality, passport number, date of issue and expiry date) details of the specific journey being undertaken, and passenger reservation details where the carrier has been required to supply this.

The system will also contain the results of the risk assessment performed on the passenger and details of their compliance with UK immigration rules.

Full operating capability is scheduled to be completed in 2014.