02 December 2004
Ron Noble, head of Interpol, recently spoke to a House of Lords committee in London and he did not shy away from sharing his thoughts on shortcomings in UK passport control at the borders.
Noble said he wasn't even asked for his passport number when entering the UK. Something he sees as a weakness in the system.
"It's been proven in every single terrorist incident that a fraudulent passport has been used," Noble told the committee adding Interpol would allow the UK to download all of its stolen passport numbers as a temporary solution.
In the UK there was no automatic requirement to record passport serial numbers, unless the traveler falls into certain categories, such as students from outside the EU or people applying for work permits.
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