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Identity Cards

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many consultation meetings the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Identity has held on identity cards in the last six months; whether (a) these meetings were open to the public and (b) minutes were taken; where these events took place; where future meetings are planned to take place; which organisations and individuals attended each meeting; what form and agenda the meetings took; and what the cost to the public purse has been of this exercise. (203921)

Over the past six months I have hosted 11 events throughout United Kingdom, including London, Wales and Scotland. These events were held with key stakeholders representing the public, private and third sectors. The meetings were not open to the general public.

The format includes a presentation about the National Identity Scheme and a question and answer session with the stakeholders. Stakeholders are then invited to comment on the consultation points in the plan on the day or in writing at a later point. Officials note key points made and will publish a summary report of feedback in the autumn of 2008.

In line with the Data Protection Act, I cannot share the names of organisations or the individuals who attended each event. With consent from stakeholders, we will list organisations and individuals who attended the event in the published response.

To date, the total cost is £32,750 which includes venues, audio visual equipment and refreshments.

The schedule of future consultation events has yet to be finalised.