3 June 2011 | Adam Leach
The UK Border Agency
still does not have a coherent plan on how to complete its e-borders project,
even though new suppliers have been contracted to it.
A report by the Home
Affairs Committee said it remained deeply concerned over a “lack of clarity
about the final shape of the scheme”. The project is designed to strengthen
immigration controls by collecting and analysing information on people entering
and leaving the UK.
Last year the Home Office dropped the initial supplier, RaytheonSystems, saying it had “no confidence” Raytheon could address the delays that had beset
the project’s implementation.
IBM has taken over the
running of the database, and Serco handles the interface between the Border
Agency and transporters, such as airlines and ferry operators, and the facility
to check names against lists.
The group of MPs said while
the first supplier has been removed, the fundamental issue behind the problems
Keith Vaz, chair of the
Committee, said: “Though progress has been made, it is clear that the UK Border
Agency is still not fit for purpose. [The Home Office] will have to ensure that
the UK Border Agency begins to focus on the outcome rather than the processes
of their work.”
The report added that
requirements transport operators must adhere to are not practical, and this has
still not been addressed by either the Border Agency or its suppliers