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Identity Cards: Aviation

Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the potential advantages and disadvantages of the use of identity cards in the airline industry against existing security arrangements. (223368)

[holding answer 10 September 2008]: Stephen Boys Smith’s report on personnel security in the transport sector considered the use of identity cards in the aviation industry and concluded that identity cards are a useful addition to identity assurance, which is a key factor in personnel security regimes.

The Government are working closely with the aviation industries and trade unions to ensure that the identity card complements the existing pre-employment checking arrangements and we will be publishing an Impact Assessment in the next few months.