Lord Alton raises question about fast-tracking BNO passports at UK passport clearance
On 7 January 2019, Lord Alton of Liverpool, a patron of Hong Kong Watch, raised a Written Parliamentary Question about the possibility of BNO Passport Holders being allowed to use the automated e-passport gates.
It was recently announced that the UK government is set to extend automated passenger clearance at the ePassport gates to foreign nationals from a range of countries including the United States, Japan, South Korea and Singapore. Lord Alton asked whether the government would consider extending this privilege to BNO passport holders.
His question was:
”To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in view of their status as British nationals, British national (overseas) passport holders from Hong Kong will be permitted to use ePassport gates in the UK when automated passenger clearance is extended to foreign nationals from the United States, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and elsewhere.“
On 21 January, Baroness Williams of Trafford, the Minister, replied by saying that immigration controls were constantly “under review”:
“The UK’s border and immigration system is kept under regular review. We will monitor the change to the nationalities eligible to use ePassport gates to determine any future plans.“