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Draft Code of Practice (Non-compliance with Biometric Registration Regulations)

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

The 2007 UK Borders Act gave the Government powers to issue identity cards to foreign nationals subject to immigration control. These new cards will confirm both a person’s immigration status and their entitlement to work and access to public funds in the United Kingdom.

We are today publishing on a “Draft Code of Practice”, as required under the UK Borders Act 2007, before we seek the approval of both Houses of Parliament. The “Draft Code of Practice” covers the operation of the civil penalty regime and the other sanctions. Hard copies of the documents are available in the Houses of Parliament. In addition, copies of the “Draft Code or Practice” were placed in the Libraries of both Houses. Alternatively, copies of the documents can be downloaded from the Border and Immigration Agency website at: www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk