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National Identity Scheme

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to the publication of the Strategic Action Plan for the National Identity Scheme, what quality assurance checks will be conducted on data held in existing databases which will form part of the National Identity Register; (111222)

(2) whether data forming part of the National Identity Register will be drawn from data held on existing databases.

An individual’s National Identity Register record will be created afresh, on the basis of an application for registration. This could be by way of an application for a designated document such as a passport or an immigration document.

Even though the register will include identity information of the kind that may already be held on existing Government IT systems, this information will not simply be copied to the National Identity Register. Information will be verified to the highest possible standard before being recorded on the register itself.

In accordance with Section 9 of the Identity Cards Act, information submitted for registration will be verified against information held on a number of other databases as part of a series of checks to confirm the authenticity of the identity claimed in the application. An assessment will be made to identify the quality of the data on the potential sources for use in such checks.