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National Identity Register

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what biometric information will be required for an EEA national to acquire a registration certificate under the plans for a national identity register. (122004)

There are no immediate plans to record biometric information on registration certificates, although we will keep this under review in the light of developments elsewhere in Europe as well as plans for the National Identity Scheme, which include the issue of biometric immigration documents to foreign (non EEA) nationals from 2008 and biometric identity cards to British citizens from 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision is being made for the National Identity Register to be used as a population register. (127212)

[holding answer 13 March 2007]: The National Identity Register is intended eventually to contain up-to-date identity information for all United Kingdom residents aged 16 and over. This will include name, age, address, nationality and biometric information, such as photograph and fingerprints. The National Identity Register will then be able to serve as a United Kingdom adult population register.