Passports: ICT

Home Department written question – answered on 6th January 2014.

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Photo of Brian H Donohoe Brian H Donohoe Labour, Central Ayrshire

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times automatic passport reading machines have been idle since 31 May 2013.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

The ePassport gates opening times are in line with operational requirements (for example, they may not open when there are no incoming flights). Since 31 May 2013, the ePassport gates have been closed for 0.6% of the time during operating hours for maintenance reasons.

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