Slugger’s Pete Baker brings us important news on the e-borders scheme. Conservative Northern Ireland spokesman Owen Paterson has pinned down a key detail that was glossed over when the e-borders team responded to my Freedom of Information request earlier this month:
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the implications are of an e-borders system circumscribing Great Britain
for travel between mainland Britain and Northern Ireland; and what
documents will be required under the proposed e-border system for
travel between Britain and Northern Ireland.
The police service already screens passengers
travelling between Northern Ireland and the mainland and there are no
plans to introduce passport controls for those travelling on domestic
Section 14 of the Police and Justice Act
2006 introduced a new power that will allow the police to capture
passenger, crew and service information on air and sea journeys within
the United Kingdom.
The intention is that the power will be brought into force by secondary
legislation in 2008. The specific police requirements under this power,
which will include details of the routes affected and data required,
are still under discussion within Government. Once the proposals have
been finalised they will be subject to a 12-week public consultation.
It is expected that this police power will only apply to air and sea routes between Great Britain
and Northern Ireland. Passengers will not be required to use passports,
but may be required to produce one of several types of documentation,
including passports, when travelling, to enable the carrier to the meet
the requirements of a police request. (Via TheyWorkForYou.com)