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Departmental Expenditure

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what expenditure his Department is incurring over the period 2002 to 2010 in relation to the plans for a national identity card; and if he will make a statement. (96120)

The information is not available; costs in relation to plans for a national identity card cannot be disaggregated from other ongoing Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) initiatives.

The Home Office have the lead on the identity card scheme. We anticipate that more information on the detail of the scheme will become available as the Home Office move into the procurement phase. This will provide the information we need to fully assess the impacts on DWP business processes and supporting information technology systems.