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Identity Cards

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

23. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the potential contribution of identity cards to the tackling of identity fraud. (134295)

Our plans for a National Identity Scheme, including the introduction of identity cards, will not only enable people to prove their identity easily, quickly and simply but will also provide a highly secure means of protecting their identity. This will have a significant impact upon identity fraud, which costs the United Kingdom economy at least £1.7 billion each year.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost has been of the identity card scheme. (134288)

Some £58 million has been spent on the identity cards scheme since the start of the 2003-04 financial year and up to the end of September 2006.