E-Borders Failings

October 9, 2013 by  

E-Borders Failings, A multi-million pound system to stop criminals and terror suspects entering the UK is failing to check on a third of passengers, an inspector has said.

John Vine, chief inspector of borders and immigration, said the e-borders scheme had failed to meet its promises.

He said airports were not meeting those with terrorist alerts against them on arrival, and “not one person” had been stopped boarding a plane to the UK.

Mr Vine noted successes including arrests due to e-borders information.

The Home Office said UK border technology was the most advanced in Europe but agreed there was more to do.

The total cost of the e-border programme is expected to be £536m from 2007-15, and Mr Vine said a “fundamental re-think” was needed.

The scheme, devised by the Home Office in 2003, was meant to improve immigration controls by collecting advanced passenger information (API) on every scheduled inbound and outbound journey to and from the UK.

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