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Immigration: Biometrics

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what biometric information will be held on biometric immigration documents. (182355)

We are planning for our new identity cards for foreign nationals, who are subject to immigration control, to contain biometric data in the form of two of the holder’s fingerprints and a digital facial image. Biographical and other important information will also be included on the cards, such as the holder’s name, date and place of birth, nationality, and whether the person is entitled to employment and access to public funds in the United Kingdom.