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Identity Cards

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how a single audit trail will be created from the identity card transactions linked to the biometric, biographic and administrative databases which will make up the National Identity Register. (202451)

[holding answer 29 April 2008]: An audit record will be kept of occasions when an individual's record is checked or amended. The biometric, biographic and administrative components of the national identity register will each have their own audit record so information from these individual audit records will only be brought together to support the security of the register, in the interests of national security or the prevention and detection of serious crime, or to respond to an individual's request for data subject access.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fingerprints from a person's hand are planned to be recorded and stored on identity cards. (210838)

The information, including the number of biometric fingerprints to be recorded and stored in the chip on the identity card for British citizens, will be prescribed in secondary legislation to be approved by Parliament under section 6 of the Identity Cards Act 2006. However, our intention is that during the enrolment process we will record 10 fingerprint images which will be stored on the national identity register with two of the holder's fingerprints stored on the chip on the identity card. This is also the procedure planned for the identity card to be issued to foreign nationals.