THE UK HOME OFFICE has slammed the much-delayed E-Borders programme, saying in a committee report today that it's a "huge disappointment" it won't be deployed in time for the Olympics.
Launched in 2003, E-Borders is an electronic system designed to enable the government to track non-European Union nationals arriving in the UK and check passengers against security watch lists.
In The Work of the Permanent Secretary (April-December 2011) report published today, the Home Affairs Committee said that the programme has proved "highly problematic" since it began and that it is "concerned about [its] progress, which has now been undertaken by successive governments".
Committee chairman Keith Vaz MP said in a statement, "The e-Borders programme which has resulted in the loss of millions of pounds of taxpayers' money highlights the need for procurement to be carried out correctly and to include clear goals for private sector companies."
"It remains a huge disappointment that e-Borders is not fully in place in time for the Olympics," he added.
The criticism comes with the recent news that although airline passenger checks will be implemented in time for the London 2012 Games this Summer, the security arrangements will not include shipping or rail passengers entering the country. µ