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Ex-servicemen: Identity Cards

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the (a) initial and (b) annual cost of issuing a Veterans ID Card analogous to the current Service ID Card. (207228)

In recent years, exploratory work has been undertaken both by the Department and commercial organisations to investigate the potential benefits of a Veterans ID card; this has included a range of options covering a number of potential functions. No precise costings have been undertaken and these would depend on the function chosen and assumptions about uptake. Costs will be reassessed and updated as part of the work to decide how, precisely, to take forward the recommendation for a Veterans ID card in the National Recognition Study undertaken by my hon. Friend the Member for Grantham and Stamford (Mr. Davies).