Immigration Controls: Passports

Home Department written question – answered on 3rd July 2007.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Chair, Procedure Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes she proposes for the system of passport checks of people flying into the UK; and what steps she intends to take to reduce delays for passengers, with particular reference to those arriving this summer.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (West Midlands), Minister of State (Home Office) (Borders and Immigration)

The level of staff working in frontline border control is at an all time high. Tough checks at our airports are imperative if we are to prevent illegal immigration, turn away criminals and maintain Britain's secure borders. For this reason we will continue to make every necessary check of those trying to gain entry.

We recognise that we have a responsibility to process genuine passengers without delay but the safety and security of the public is our priority.

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