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Aviation: Passengers

Volume 710: debated on Monday 11 May 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 26 November 2008 (WA 329), whether air carriers are obliged to check the identities of passengers flying between Northern Ireland and Great Britain; if so, under what powers; and what forms of identity are acceptable. [HL2086]

Section 14 of the Police and Justice Act 2006 gives the police the power, subject to commencement through secondary legislation, to require a carrier, on request, to capture passenger and crew identity and other service data on domestic routes.

The Government are considering the use of these powers on routes between Great Britain and Northern Ireland only. This is to strengthen counterterrorism checks on international travellers who attempt to evade checks by travelling through the Republic of Ireland into or out of the UK. There are no plans to introduce these powers on other domestic UK routes, such as crossings to the Isle of Wight nor any other offshore islands. The Government will consult fully on the detailed terms of any implementation legislation, including the forms of identity that would be needed, before the powers are introduced.