Saturday, 14 February 2015

UK Starts Exit Passport Checks!

The exit checks will be introduced the week after Easter and details of travellers will be recorded and passed to the Home Office.

MPs have said that Eurotunnel and ferry operators have already complained the new system will inevitably lead to delays.

Border chief Sir Charles Montgomery said coach parties of children, aged under 16, would be excluded from the Channel crossing checks to keep waits to a minimum.

But he said the technology being used for the exit checks was still being finalised eight weeks before it is due to be introduced.

Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi said: “We have heard from Eurotunnel and ferry companies that there are logistical problems in carrying out exit checks on people in coaches.

“It's going to cause inevitably a lot of delays. What is going to be done?”

Sir Charles replied: “The coach sector is the most difficult of all logistically and that has been the focus of trials and testing.

“We still have to refine the process to ensure it works as smoothly as possible.

“I'm confident we will have a solution come the live date.”

The border chief told MPs that immigration officers had detained 6,000 illegal immigrants in Britain from April to December last year, the equivalent of more than 20 a day.

He added more than 30,000 illegal immigrants were stopped in France by British immigration officers between March last year and the end of January – some 90 a day.


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