Government Axes Raytheon From E-Borders Programme

Security technology firm Raytheon Systems has been sacked by the new coalition government from its e-borders programme, BBC News has reported.

E-borders is a £750 million program, initiated by the previous Labour government, designed to monitor foreign nationals entering the UK in order to minimise illegal entry.

According to immigration minister Damian Green, the company was responsible for providing the technology to compile and store data on all visitors to the UK. The data could then be used by the Police and authorities in monitoring illegal immigrants into the country.

Green said that Raytheon Systems had been dismissed on the grounds of irresponsible behaviour and serious delays.

He stated: “While some elements have been delivered, they have not been delivered on time. Delivery of the next critical parts of the programme are already running at least 12 months late.”

"On top of this, there remain risks of further delays, and there is no confidence in the current prime supplier - Raytheon Systems Limited - being able to address this situation."

The government has so far spent more than £188 million on the project since it began in 2004. According to the project's original plan, the programme should have covered more than 95 per cent of all travel in and out of the UK by 2010.

Green has stated that the project will continue and Raytheon will be replaced.