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Identity Cards: Young People

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to encourage the use of forms of age verification other than passports; and if she will make it her policy to introduce a national proof of age scheme. (221909)

The Government's intention to begin offering identity cards to young people in 2010 was announced in the National Identity Scheme Delivery Plan published in March this year. Holders will be able to use identity cards as proof of age, as well as using them to prove their identity when opening bank accounts, taking out student loans or starting employment. There are no plans to discourage the use of passports as evidence of identity including age; these are secure documents issued only after the applicant's identity has been carefully checked.