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Smart zones to speed up processing of pre-checked low-risk passengers

Home Office plans new immigration and asylum biometric system 16th May 2011: Coming to the UK? You can look forward to a reduction in procedural delays. For the Home Office plans to set up at certain ports and airports smart zones.
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Once in place, the zones will speed up the processing of pre-checked low-risk passengers through border control points.

The Home Office is also planning to come out with a new immigration and asylum biometric system.

The assertion came after the Home Office claimed new business plan, which replaces one published last November. It claimed the plan reflects achievements to date and lays out plans for the future.

The Home Office said: `There are new objectives in the plan too. For police, there will be reduced national guidance, plans to ensure officers spend less time completing case files and the police appraisal process will also be simplified.

`Meanwhile, changes are planned to strengthen the UK border.

‘Smart zones will speed up the processing of pre-checked low-risk passengers through border control points at certain ports and airports.

`There will also be a new immigration and asylum biometric system.
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The plan also sets out the department’s key objectives, which are to: empower the public to hold the police to account for their role in cutting crime; free up the police to fight crime more effectively and efficiently; create a more integrated criminal justice system; secure our borders and reduce immigration; protect people’s freedoms and civil liberties; protect our citizens from terrorism; and build a fairer and more equal society.

The priorities set out for next year include: preparing for introduction of police and crime commissioners; subject to Parliamentary approval, securing passage of the Protection of Freedoms Bill which will scale back the criminal records regime; delivering Home Office actions in the cross-government violence against women and girls action plan; completing work to allow religious premises to apply to host civil partnership registrations; and bringing in new terrorism prevention and investigation measures to replace the control order regime.

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