MPs criticise ‘impossible’ e-Borders schedule

Chris Williams writes in The Register:

An influential group of MPs today claimed the government’s timetable for the £1.2bn e-Borders programme is “impossible” and criticised the lack of progress on legal problems.

The Home Affairs Select Committee said that officials have not resolved concerns in Europe.

The e-Borders system aims to register every journey in and out of the UK and is scheduled for completion in 2014. It requires travellers to submit their details before they travel, against EU free movement rules. The data-gathering operation has also prompted privacy concerns from individual nations.

“None of these issues will be resolved within the next few months, and all will have a serious impact on thousands of people,” the Committee said.