The National Border Targeting Centre (NBTC) has been opened, with hopes to enable the UK Border Agency to meet its target of screening 100 per cent of passenger movements in and out of the UK by air, sea or rail by 2014.
Rapiscan Secure 1000 scanners are to be deployed at international airpoints in Nigeria, boosting checkpoint security and are expected to be used to screen passenger en route to the UK and other undisclosed destinations.
MPs will debate the draft Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 (Continuance in Force of Sections 1 to 9) Order 2010, which will come into force on 11 March 2010. The BBC will be showing the debate live on its website.
As London prepares to stage an international conference that will play a crucial role in shaping Afghanistan’s future, Secretary of State for Defence Bob Ainsworth is hitting the internet to answer the public’s questions. In two initiatives in the week of Afghanistan: The London Conference, Mr Ainsworth is inviting people interested in the UK’s presence in Afghanistan to challenge him on the strategy and progress of the operation, as well as other Defence matters.