Electronic Passport Control Systems Debate

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Department: Home Office

Electronic Passport Control Systems

Lord Deben Excerpts
Wednesday 7th June 2023

(1 year ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Murray of Blidworth Portrait Lord Murray of Blidworth (Con)
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The noble Lord asks a fair question. However, as he probably knows, it has never been government practice, for reasons of law enforcement, to comment on operational issues relating to border security and immigration controls. This includes offering commentary on the performance of border systems and e-passport gates specifically. The e-gates process passengers arriving in the UK, and provide a secure border check on approved travel documents, and refer passengers to an officer if required. The current e-gate estate was upgraded in 2021. Incidents impacting the availability of e-gates are proactively managed, and lessons are learned. They have certainly been learned from this most recent incident.

Lord Deben Portrait Lord Deben (Con)
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My Lords, does my noble friend accept that more people would accept waiting rather better if everyone was polite? I have to say that border officials are very polite, but why is it that no notices say “please”? Could we please have notices that are polite instead of peremptory?

Lord Murray of Blidworth Portrait Lord Murray of Blidworth (Con)
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My noble friend makes a valid point, and I will certainly take that back to the department.