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PostPosted: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 08:23:07 +0000 
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e-borders now tracking half of UK passengers

But Home Affairs Committee wants progress halted amid concerns over legality

Written by Tom Young

Computing, 19 Jan 2010

The e-borders scheme is now tracking almost half of all passenger movements into and out of the UK, immigration minister Phil Woolas told the Commons yesterday.

The figure is ten per cent short of the 60 per cent the Home Office had anticipated by the end of 2009.

The £1.2bn scheme, which is running on budget, allows the UK to push its border controls further out to the point of passenger embarkation, which means anyone boarding a plane, boat or train travelling to the country will have their passport details checked before they depart.

It aims to track 95 per cent of all passenger and crew movements by the end of this year, representing all major commercial traffic, with 100 per cent coverage by March 2014.

Carriers will be required to provide all the information on the biographical page of a passport to the Home Office as part of the check-in process.

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