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Identity Cards

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what methods employers will be expected to use to verify the identity of workers holding a biometric immigration document. (119611)

Employers who wish to gain a statutory defence against prosecution for employing an illegal worker are expected to undertake document checks to ensure that the individual is authorised to take the employment in question. This requirement will continue under civil penalties (on which we will be consulting prior to implementation later this year). An Employer Verification Service, to run through an existing telephone helpline, will be piloted in March this year and rolled out after a successful pilot. We intend rolling out an enhanced service over the next few years.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what services and information will be accessible to identity card holders online with the use of the identity registration number and the personal identification number. (119612)

Design work with potential users of the identity verification service remains ongoing. As such, it is not possible to state which services and information will be available online to ID card holders through the use of a personal identification number at this time.