Passports: Biometrics

Home Office written question – answered on 21st November 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Falkner of Margravine Baroness Falkner of Margravine Chair, EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee, Chair, EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 14 November (HL2794), whether they will clarify why information relating to failure rates of biometric passports, and resulting delays, raise national security concerns.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department

There are many reasons why passports fail at ePassport Gates, and to provide information relating to the use and performance of biometric passports may give those that want to cause harm to the UK an insight into security measures and cause vulnerability at our borders.

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