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Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will subject the (a) Identity Cards Act 2006 and (b) Terrorism Act 2006 to post-legislative scrutiny. (126951)

We have no plans for formal post-legislative scrutiny of this legislation. However, the National Identity Scheme Commissioner, to be appointed under section 22 of the Identity Cards Act 2006, will prepare annual reports which will be published and laid before Parliament on the operation of the National Identity Scheme under the Identity Cards Act. In addition Lord Carlile of Berriew QC, the independent reviewer of terrorist legislation, provides an annual report on the operation of the Terrorism Act 2000. The Terrorism Act 2006 largely amends the 2000 Act and will therefore also be covered by his annual reports.