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Home Department written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the comparative (a) cost effectiveness and (b) effectiveness of (i) facial recognition equipment and (ii) UK Borders Agency staff at border controls.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

The UK Border Agency has completed an evaluation of facial recognition technology and this confirmed that the equipment operates securely and to an acceptable performance level. The technology is already cost effective in ports with high volumes of eligible users. Over 4.5 million transactions have already taken place and forecasts indicate that over 20 million border crossings will have been facilitated using automation by 2013-14.

Facial recognition gates have been introduced to assist Border Force officers in facilitating legitimate travel.

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