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Home Office ordered to pay £224m to e-Borders firm

The Home Office has been told to pay £224m to a major US corporation it sacked for failing to deliver a controversial secure borders programme.

Ministers will pay Raytheon £50m in damages, plus other costs.

The order to make the payments comes from a binding arbitration tribunal.

The e-borders programme launched by Labour ministers in 2003 was a £1bn attempt to reform border controls. In 2007 Raytheon won a nine-year contract for the programme.

The BBC's Dominic Casciani reports.

  • 18 Aug 2014
  • From the section UK
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