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National Identity Register

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the biometric fingerprints to be stored on the National Identity Register will be rolled or plain impressions; and how many fingerprints will be stored on the register. (209347)

The precise manner of enrolment of fingerprint biometrics has yet to be finalised for identity cards to be issued to British citizens under the Identity Cards Act 2006. However, it is intended that 10 plain fingerprints will be recorded and stored on the national identity register. This will be compatible with fingerprint biometrics recorded for identity cards to be issued to foreign nationals under the UK Borders Act 2007.